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Colts will hold joint training camp practices with the Lions this year

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The Indianapolis Colts will hold joint training camp practices with the Detroit Lions later this summer, it was announced today.

The Lions travel to Indianapolis for the preseason opener against the Colts, which will be played on Sunday, August 13, and the two teams will hold joint practices at the Colts’ West 56th Street complex leading up to that game. According to Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen, the Colts and Lions will practice on Thursday, August 10, and Friday, August 11, in advance of the preseason opener.

Of course, these practices will be closed to fans, just like most of training camp will be for the Colts.

The Colts hosted joint practices with the Chicago Bears in training camp in 2015, but that was the first time they had done so since 2000. They didn’t participate in any joint practices last year, but this will now make two of the last three years they have done so - meaning it’s something that Chuck Pagano seems to like.

It makes a lot of sense for the Colts to hold joint practices with the Lions, since the Lions will be in town anyway for the preseason opener. Furthermore, it gives the Colts the chance to actually practice against another team instead of simply going against each other in practice.