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As for the Chiefs, any optimism their three
12-26-2019, 09:31 AM,
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As for the Chiefs, any optimism their three
The Indianapolis Colts launch into the post-Luck era with his successor on the bench.Coach Frank Reich plans to sit Jacoby Brissett against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night Peyton Manning Jersey White , the Colts’ first game since Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Either Phillip Walker or Chad Kelly will start, competing for the No. 2 job. Kelly has played well in all three preseason games but must serve a two-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Walker has spent the last two seasons on Indianapolis’ practice squad.Reich plans to rest his starters and some key backups.Before the Colts returned to the field Monday, Reich met with general manager Chris Ballard, then the players dressed in a locker room where Luck’s empty stall served as a glaring reminder of how topsy-turvy things had gotten in just a matter of days. By Tuesday, it was finally starting to feel more like a game week.“Emotionally, it felt like a more normal day,” Reich said. “I think now that all the announcements have been made and everything’s been done we’re in the mode of let’s get ready for this season.”One new face is expected to play: rookie receiver Parris Campbell, a third-round draft pick who missed most of training camp and the three preseason games with a hamstring injury.The Colts hope to avoid their first winless preseason since 2014, a season in which they eventually lost to New England in the AFC championship game.The Bengals also plan to rest starters in the final game. It’s unclear whether receiver John Ross Womens Andrew Luck Jersey , who missed all of camp and returned to practice this week, will play. The Bengals must decide whether to keep star receiver A.J. Green on the active roster while he recovers from ankle surgery. Coach Zac Taylor said there’s no timetable for his return.52<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Greetings from Westfield: Colts training camp 2019AP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs‘ Eric Berry and Spencer Ware joined the Colts‘ Malik Hooker and Tyquan Lewis in street clothes for their cold, snowy divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.Or parkas, more accurately.The quartet of starters was among the inactives for the latest postseason matchup between the Chiefs and Colts. Berry was out with a heel injury and Ware remained out with a hamstring injury. Hooker was sidelined by a foot injury and Lewis by a sore knee in a significant blow to an Indianapolis defense that must contend with Kansas City‘s high-powered attack.Hooker had played 87 percent of the Colts’ defensive snaps this season, and an even greater amount during Indianapolis’ win over Houston in the wild-card round. George Odum, a rookie, will join Corey Moore and J.J. Wilcox in covering for him alongside strong safety Clayton Geathers.Colts coach Frank Reich said this week that Hooker would be a game-time decision, though he did sound optimistic when they had their final practice on Thursday.“Yeah Malik Hooker Jersey , I mean obviously best-case scenario all the guys that we have a little dinged up, the best-case scenario is that they all go,” Reich said, “because if they are going we feel like they can play winning football even if they are dinged up. That will be our mindset going in, ‘Hey if you’re out there, we expect you to play winning football.”The Colts placed backup safety Mike Mitchell on injured reserve earlier this week with a calf injury, further depleting a defense that has played especially well during a five-game win streak.“In the sub packages, his role was big,” Reich said. “You just count on Mike Darius Leonard Jersey White , I mean, especially in those sub packages. … Mike has been pretty instrumental.”Al-Quadin Muhammad got the start in place of Lewis at defensive end.As for the Chiefs, any optimism their three-time All-Pro safety would return for the playoffs seemed to evaporate this week when Berry never took the practice field. His heel kept him out most of the season, and a recurrence before their regular-season finale sidelined him again.Jordan Lucas was slated to start against Andrew Luck and the Colts offense.Ware, who assumed the starting role when Kareem Hunt was cut midseason, has not played in a month because of a hamstring injury. Damien Williams started again in his place.The Chiefs did get some positive news when wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has been out with a foot injury since November, was active for the playoff game. Watkins was in a walking boot a few weeks ago but practiced all week, then tested his foot on the snowy field Saturday.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj MehtaWhen inactives were announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff Peyton Manning Jersey , Watkins was ready to go.“He’s done a nice job,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the Chiefs’ final practice of the week. “He had good work all three days and looked pretty good.”If only the same could be said of the field.It looked pristine a few weeks ago for the Chiefs’ regular-season finale against Oakland, but rain Friday that quickly turned to snow saturated the playing surface. The Chiefs kept tarps on it as long as possible, but they were removed two hours before kickoff and snow began to accumulate.The middle of the field was already turning into a quagmire during warmups, as was the south end zone, where players and personnel enter and exit the field. Workers were trying their best to keep it in shape with a tractor load of dry dirt and gravel.
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