Veteran Colts OG Mike McGlynn injured his knee in practice this week, and he did not practice on Thursday prior to Indianapolis' Saturday preseason meeting with the Browns. This means McGlynn won't play Saturday, and today head coach Chuck Pagano told the media today that fourth-year veteran utility lineman Jeff Linkenbach will get the start at right guard.
Throughout the first two preseason games, to say that the interior run and pass blocking of one Mr. Mike McGlynn was bad is like saying the Titanic took in a little water. Pressure up the middle from rushers was consistent against both the Bills and the Giants, and more often than not the cause of the rush was McGlynn.
If Linkenbach starts and plays well, it doesn't make much sense to go back to McGlynn once he heals up.
Pagano also said that rookie third round pick Hugh Thornton will play Saturday, but he will not start. Thornton missed all of training camp and did not play in the two preseason games because of a foot injury he sustained during minicamp in June.