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Colts’ Chuck Pagano rules out Ryan Kelly for Sunday’s preseason opener

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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano spoke with the media after practice today and provided an injury update, saying that he knows for sure that center Ryan Kelly won’t play.

Kelly has been out the past few days with a strained left shoulder, and while the Colts don’t consider it serious it still has caused him to miss some time. There’s no reason to panic yet, however, as Kelly still has a chance to play in the normal amount of preseason games this year despite missing Sunday’s game. If he doesn’t return to practice Tuesday after a week off, however, it might be time for some more questions. It should be no surprise that Kelly won’t play, and in his place Jonotthan Harrison and Austin Blythe will get a lot of reps.

As for the other injured players, Pagano said they’re all “day-to-day,” though he didn’t discuss their game status - instead simply saying that it’s very possible some of the other injured guys won’t be playing either. We did get clarification on Joe Reitz’s injury, as he’s dealing with a thigh issue - though it doesn’t appear to be serious.

One major player to keep an eye on when it comes to injury is defensive lineman Kendall Langford, who wasn’t out at practice at all today (normally injured guys still go out and stand on the sidelines). Pagano said that he’s just waiting on word about Langford and that the defensive lineman is being evaluated by team doctors. He was pretty vague and wouldn’t get into specifics about what the injury is, but it’s something to watch.

Also one more thing to note is that Chuck Pagano wavered a bit today when asked how much Andrew Luck would play. Earlier in the week, Pagano said that everybody would play, including Luck. Today, he said that he’d go with his gut at quarterback and that he may wake up on Sunday and decide not to play Luck at all. Based on his comments earlier this week I’d think Luck will play, but it doesn’t sound as certain now as it did then.