INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts are facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles during their third preseason game.
The game is being broadcast on CBS4. Those who aren’t near a television can stream the game on CBS4Indy.com or on the CBS4 mobile app.
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During these preseason games, teams can get a realistic gauge on their preparedness for the regular season. It’s common for front-line players to play the first half, regroup in the locker room and play the first series of the third quarter.
That’s likely the plan for Andrew Luck and a good portion of the offense. It’s not even an option for defensive coordinator Ted Monachino. He’ll have to deal with Eagles QB Sam Bradford without seven front-line players. Two – linebacker Robert Mathis and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are fine, and the coaching staff wants to keep it that way – but injuries will rob him of another six others: corners Vontae Davis (ankle) and Patrick Robinson (groin), defensive linemen Kendall Langford (knee) and Henry Anderson (knee), linebacker Sio Moore (hamstring) and safety Clayton Geathers (foot).
Monachino conceded the injuries are forcing him to adjust his defensive approach.
Fans are advised to temper their anxiety if the defense appears outmanned, because it probably will be.
Read more about what to expect during this face-off in Mike Chappell’s preview.