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Andrew Luck Watches Preseason Opener

Intro: The Colts elected to keep Andrew Luck on the sideline for their preseason opener on Saturday night. Without Luck, backup quarterback Scott Tolzien led a pair of scoring drives in a half of work, helping the Colts to a 19-18 victory over the Bills.


BUFFALO – Fans are going to have to wait yet another week before seeing Andrew Luck in game action this preseason.

This time a painting malfunction wasn't the reason.

It was the Colts' decision to keep their franchise quarterback on the sideline for Saturday night's preseason opener in Buffalo.

To watch Luck work in Buffalo on Saturday night you had to get into the stadium around two hours before kickoff.

Luck, along with running back Frank Gore, went through some conditioning work with strength coach Darren Krein.

As Luck was leaving the field during warmups, Owner/CEO Jim Irsay sent out the following tweets---announcing No. 12's first preseason action in 2016 will come next Saturday night, at home, against the Ravens.

Following Saturday's 19-18 preseason opening win, Chuck Pagano said it was his decision to have Luck sit.

"It was a coach's decision not to play him," Pagano said of keeping Luck out. "That's it."

"It's one of the benefits that you get when you're the head coach, decide who plays and who doesn't play. I'm grateful for that opportunity. I decided to sit him."

Without Luck, the first half was all Scott Tolzien's at the quarterback position.

Tolzien, who came over from Green Bay in the offseason, had some early struggles before leading the Colts on a pair of late half scoring drives.

For the game, Tolzien was 12-of-23 for 140 yards and touchdown. Tolzien completed eight of his last 12 passes.

The Colts starters played two series together on Saturday, before guys began to exit.

Starters Ryan Kelly and Denzelle Good were the final offensive starters to exit, after the fourth series of the game.

Reserve running back Jordan Todman scored on a 42-yard screen pass in the first half. Todman went virtually untouched on a well-timed screen, against an aggressive Bills defense.

Like the offense, the defense for Indianapolis saw its starters play about two series together.

With defensive starters beginning to leave the game a little more than halfway through the first quarter, the Bills strung together a nine-play, 69-yard touchdown drive with 4:04 left in the first.

At halftime, the Colts and Bills were tied 9-9.

After being down 9-0, Chuck Pagano liked how his team responded the rest of the half.

"They just executed better (and) some guys made some plays," Pagano said at halftime of the early troubles. "We had some opportunities early, but we dropped some balls, had some miscues and had some pressure early.

"It was good to see us move the ball down the field and have two scoring drives."

Look for Luck, and the starters, to play more in the next two weeks of the preseason.

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