According to head coach Frank Reich, as noted earlier in the week, the majority of the Indianapolis Colts starters will play in the team’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Saturday night (7:30 PM EST).
However, top running backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will understandably sit, while second-year starting defensive end Kwity Paye (bone bruise) will be held out as well (via Fox59/CBS4’s Mike Chappell):
Frank Reich reiterated most of starters will play much of 1st half vs. TB. Get work done, and get out.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) August 25, 2022
Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines among the few who won't play. Also Kwity Paye (bone bruise), of course.
It features a showdown between veteran quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Tom Brady and will likely be the last time the Colts’ longtime arch-nemesis laces them up in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The key for the Colts will be building some passing game rhythm, solidifying the starting offensive line play, and most importantly, avoiding injuries.
It will be a good opportunity for some of the Colts younger players such as Danny Pinter, Nick Cross, Alec Pierce, Jelani Woods, Bernhard Raimann, etc. to gain more valuable reps in a game day setting.