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Browns-Colts game notes. The teams are meeting in the preseason for the first time since 1994.


Colts 27, Cleveland 6


Cleveland recovered an onside kick, but Larry Asante ended the threat by intercepting a Brian Hoyer pass and returning it 48 yards for a touchdown with 4:22 left.  The ball was batted into the air by a Cleveland receiver.  Colts 27, Cleveland 6.

Campbell completed a third-down pass deep in his territory to extend the possession.  Mario Harvey's blitz caused an intentional grounding on first down.  On third-and three, Campbell hit Cordell Roberson.  Dominique Croom had a 25-yard reception from Campbell to the Colts' 31.  Roberson had an 18-yard reception to the Colts' 13.  Campbell was sacked by Harvey on second down.  To end the drive, Graham converted a 44-yard field goal with 4:33 left.  Colts 20, Cleveland 6.

Nathan Palmer sprained a knee and is doubtful to return.

Hasselbeck teamed with Whalen for a first down on the drive that started at the 18.  He found Whalen for 15 more yards to midfield.  Davin Meggett rushed for 15 yards.  On third-and-15 at the Cleveland 45, Hasselbeck and Whalen had a short completion, and McAfee punted to the Cleveland nine.

Cleveland started at its 20 with Campbell and moved to the 31 to end the quarter.  The Browns could move no further and had to punt.  Caesar Rayford had his fourth preseason sack to help stop the possession.


Hasselbeck on the drive's second play found Griff Whalen for a 28-yard completion to the Cleveland 29.  Two Colts rushes by Williams brought up a third-and-13, and Cleveland was flagged for pass interference, moving the ball to the Browns' 12.  Hasselbeck missed a fade route to Whalen from the six, and Vinatieri booted a 25-yard field goal for a 20-3 lead with 1:20 left in the period.

Jason Campbell started the drive and on fourth-and-one, Mario Harvey halted Brandon Jackson for a two-yard loss for a change of possession.

Matt Hasselbeck started the next Colts possession at his 26.  The Colts were unable to move and McAfee punted 25 yards to midfield.

Against Colts second-teamers, Cleveland moved into Colts territory on Weeden completions of eight, nine and 15 yards.  The Colts were flagged for defensive holding to put the ball at the Indianapolis 43.  Weeden converted a third-and-six pass to Josh Cooper.  Facing a third-and-10 from the Colts' 32, Weeden had a pass defensed by Marshay Green.  Shayne Graham hit a 50-yard field goal with 7:16 left for the Browns' first points.  It was a 48-yard scoring drive in 11 plays.  Colts 17, Cleveland 3.

After a false start moved the ball back to Colts territory, Brown burst up the middle 22 yards for a first down.  Havili had a 15-yard reception from Luck to the Cleveland 15.  Brown hit for seven yards up the middle again, but was stopped on a sweep.  Luck and Hilton teamed on an eight-yard scoring pass to end the 47-yard drive.  Colts 17, Cleveland 0.

Cleveland started at its 20 and gained five yards.  An Antoine Bethea pass defensed forced a three-and-out.  Marshay Green returned a Lanning punt 38 yards to the Cleveland 47 for the Colts' first possession.


Starting with 55 seconds to go and with three time outs, Ballard ran for four yards and converted a first down with a reception.  Luck and Wayne hit for five yards to the 42, and Indianapolis took its second time out with 38 seconds remaining.  Indianapolis had a fourth-and-one at its 45 after a short rush by Ballard.  The Colts punted to the Cleveland four, where the ball was downed with 16 seconds left.  Cleveland ran out the clock with a short rush.

Cleveland could not convert a third-and-five when Jerrell Freeman tipped a pass intended for Little, but Toler could not control the ball.  The Colts took over at their 26 after a Lanning punt.

Luck and Dominique Jones had a 13-yard completion to the Cleveland 45 at the two-minute warning.  Luck was incomplete to Wayne and Jones, then Donald Brown dropped a third-down pass in the backfield.  McAfee punted for a touchback with 1:39 to go.

Starting with 3:41 in the period, Cleveland could move only two yards after a rush and two incompletions.  Spencer Lanning punted 65 yards and the Colts started at their 38.

Luck missed on attempts deep to Hilton and across the middle to Wayne and on third down, Luck and Wayne clicked for 10 yards on a crossing route.  After a short rush and an incompletion, Luck and Wayne teamed again for a first down on a 15-yard completion.  Cleveland halted the drive at its two when Tashaun Gipson pirated a Luck pass intended for Havili.

Cleveland turned the ball over on its ensuing possession when Greg Toler stripped Greg Little of a completion and returned the fumble near midfield  After a Cleveland personal foul on the return, the Colts started at the Browns' 35.

Luck hit DHB for 13 yards and Wayne for 14 yards to start the drive.  Donald Brown rushed for two yards, then Luck scrambled for six yards while being pressured.  Luck and Wayne converted the first down with a 15-yard completion to the Cleveland 16.  Luck kept for six yards to the 10 on first down.  DHB had a seven-yard reception to the three for a first down.  After a Cleveland timeout, Luck hit Stanley Havili for the touchdown.  G-Hugh Thornton appeared a right guard in his first rookie action.  The Colts used a two-back set most of the drive.  Colts have only thrown TD passes to FBs three times since 2003.  It was an eight-play, 66-yard drive.  Colts 10, Cleveland 0.

Brandon Weeden hit a 14-yard completion on third-and-four to extend Cleveland's drive.  Cleveland could go no further as Weeden was pressured on first down (Erik Walden) and failed on a third-and-eight pass.  After a short punt, the Colts took over on their 34.

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Luck and DHB hit for 13 yards to start the drive.  The Colts got a second first down two plays later when Luck, rolling right, hit Wayne in middle of field for six yards.  Luck, under pressure, missed Wayne on third-and-five, and Pat McAfee punted 46 yards to the Cleveland 15 with three seconds left in the quarter. 

Cleveland started at its 24 after a 30-yard kickoff return.  Trent Richardson gained 22 yards on three rushes and had a reception.  Cleveland reached the Colts' 42 before punting.  The Colts fair caught the punt at their 11.

Castonzo is doubtful to return with a right knee injury.

Kerwynn Williams returned the kick 39 yards to put Indianapolis at its 40.  Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton produced the game's first first down with a nine-yard completion into Browns territory.  Paul Kruger sacked Luck on first down, and Anthony Castonzo left with an injury.  Luck and Wayne hit for 14 yards, then Darrius Heyward-Bey (six yards) and Vick Ballard (15) peeled off runs to the Cleveland 17.  On third-and-13 from the 20, Luck scrambled for six yards.  Adam Vinatieri hit a 32-yard field goal to conclude the 10-play, 46-yard drive.  Colts 3, Cleveland 0.

Indianapolis won the coin toss and will receive.  Cleveland will defend the north goal (the open end of the stadium).


The weather is sunny and 87 degrees just prior to kickoff.  The roof and window are open in Lucas Oil Stadium.


WR-Maurice Williams, WR-LaVon Brazill, CB-Teddy Williams, S-Joe Lefeged, S-John Boyett, RB-Ahmad Bradshaw, LB-Josh McNary, LB-Kelvin Sheppard, C/G-Khaled Holmes, LB-Lawrence Sidbury, G-Mike McGlynn, TE-Coby Fleener, TE-Dwayne Allen, DE-Fili Moala.


LB-Pat Angerer will start tonight in his first preseason action.

RG-Jeff Linkenbach starts for Mike McGlynn.

Chuck Pagano's first NFL job was as secondary coach with Cleveland from 2001-04.

These teams met last October 21 in Lucas Oil Stadium, the Browns' only visit to the venue, and the Colts won, 17-13.

The Colts and Cleveland started their preseason series in 1953, but have played only seven times and not since 1994.

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