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Colts/Bears Scheduled For Joint Practices During Training Camp

Intro: The Colts and Bears will have two days of joint practices this Training Camp leading into their Week Two preseason matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium. On Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, the Colts and Bears will practice at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.





INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Pagano's hint on Tuesday turned into a conclusion on Thursday afternoon.

The Colts will indeed be practicing with another team during their 2015 Training Camp.

Beginning Wednesday, August 19, the Colts and Chicago Bears will practice together for two days at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The practices will not be open to the public.

The two days of joint practices will lead into the Colts and Bears Week Two preseason contest on Saturday, August 22 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

This will be the fourth time the Colts have taken part in joint practices, but the first time they will be held in Indianapolis. In 1997 and 1999, the Colts and Rams had practices together. The Colts and Titans scrimmaged against each other in 2000.

In the past few years, several NFL teams have spent part of their Training Camp practicing against another team.

This will be the first time under Chuck Pagano the Colts have added this wrinkle in August.

"You get tired of beating on one another during training camp, so to have an opportunity, if you can find somebody that'll work with you and want to do some work against you, it's a great change of pace," Pagano said on Tuesday when asked about the possibility of joint practices.

"Plus you get to see from a schematic standpoint maybe a different offense, a different defense from alignment standpoint. If you're going against an odd front the entire time or whatever, it gives you an opportunity to maybe go against a different look and some different players. I'm definitely a proponent of it."

The Bears finished last season 5-11 and have a new regime in 2015, with former Broncos head coach John Fox now leading Chicago.

With the joint practices, the Colts Training Camp in Anderson will run from August 1-15 this year (the Colts preseason opener is in Philadelphia on Sunday, August 16).

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