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Colts Fall To The Browns, 21-18

The Indianapolis Colts fell to 0-2 in 2019 preseason action with their 21-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns (2-0) today at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are the updates from today's game.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts fell to 0-2 in 2019 preseason action with their 21-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns (2-0) today at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are the updates from today's game.


— Welcome back, Ross Travis. Travis, who tore his ACL in the final minutes of last year's preseason finale against the Bengals with a roster spot all but in hand, hauls in a 24-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Chad Kelly. Colts going for two, and it's successful: Kelly to tight end Hale Hentges. Nifty five-play, 51-yard drive that took just 2:07 off the clock. Colts now trail the Browns by just three, 21-18, 13:11 left in the fourth quarter.

— Going for it on 4th and 13 from his own 33-yard line, Kelly's pass attempt to Jordan Veasy falls incomplete. Turnover on downs.

— Colts injury update: G Jake Eldrenkamp (eye) is OUT.

— Austin Seibert's 52-yard field goal attempt is no good. Wide left. Colts have 2:52 left and the ball at their own 33 yard line, trailing 21-18. No timeouts, though.

— Colts go for it on 4th and 1 from the Cleveland 10-yard line, down 21-18 with 39 seconds left. Kelly's pass attempt to Aca'Cedric Ware is knocked down. Turnover on downs, and Browns take a knee to end this one. Browns defeat the Colts, 21-18.


— Colts injury update: running back Jonathan Williams (chest) is DOUBTFUL to return.

— Colts injury update: Williams (chest) has been downgraded to OUT.

— Browns quarterback David Blough, a Purdue product, tosses a four-yard touchdown to wide receiver Derrick Willies as Cleveland extends its lead to 21-7 with 9:09 left in the third quarter. It was an eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive that was aided by a 20-yard pass interference call on rookie cornerback Marvell Tell III; head coach Frank Reich tried to take advantage of a new rule and challenged the interference flag, but the call on the field stood, giving the ball to the Browns at the Indianapolis 25-yard line.

— Cole Hedlund nails a 41-yard field goal and gets rocked by Lenzy Pipkins; is a little slow to get up. Browns' lead now 21-10 with 1:55 left in the third quarter. Penalties problematic for the Colts on that drive, who got all the way to the Cleveland goal line but were then pushed back to the 23.

— Nyheim Hines rocked on return and holds onto the ball. But he's down on the field being tended to by trainers; able to walk off under his own power. Aca'Cedric Ware, D'Onta Foreman (who didn't play last week) remaining RBs after Jonathan Williams knocked out with a chest injury.

— Heading into the fourth quarter, Chad Kelly takes over at quarterback for the Colts, who trail the Browns, 21-10.


— Some life for the Colts' first-unit offense, which goes on a 10-play, 85-yard drive, capped by a silky-smooth 12-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to tight end Eric Ebron that ties the game at 7 with 10:28 left in the second quarter. Head coach Frank Reich elected to go for it on 4th and 3 after being stuffed on 3rd and 1 from the Cleveland 40, and it paid off as Brissett evaded a quickly-approaching rusher and found Ebron for a 16-yard gain and the first down. If this is it for Brissett today, he put in a solid outing: 8-of-10 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown. 141.7 rating.

— Browns respond — and quickly. Garrett Gilbert finds D'Ernest Johnson for the six-yard touchdown. Cleveland goes 75 yards in just six plays and 3:26 to go ahead 14-7 with 7:02 left in the 2Q.

— Cole Hedlund's 51-yard field goal attempt is wide right. Browns maintain their 14-7 lead with 37 seconds left in the second quarter.

— No good. Greg Joseph's 53-yard field goal is wide right. Browns take a 14-7 lead over the #Colts into halftime.


— Nice start for the Colts' defense, which forces punts on the Browns' first two drives. The second drive was especially notable, as second-year defensive end Kemoko Turay came in on 3rd and 16 from the Cleveland 31-yard line and sacked quarterback Garrett Gilbert. It was a terrific speed rush for Turay, who zoomed past both a chipping running back and left tackle Greg Robinson to make the play.

— Touchdown Browns. Garrett Gilbert finds Jaelen Strong wide open in the back corner of the end zone for the four-yard play. It was a seven-play, 64-yard drive that took 4:09 off the clock, and was aided by a 25-yard pass interference call on rookie cornerback Rock Ya-Sin on 3rd and 3 from the Indianapolis 46-yard line. Browns 7, Colts 0 with 1:52 left in the 1Q.

— At the end of the first quarter, the Browns lead the Colts, 7-0. Welcome back Jack Doyle, by the way. Just got 19 yards on a pass play from Jacoby Brissett to get to the Cleveland 49.


The Indianapolis Colts have released their "will not play" list prior to today's 2019 preseason Week 2 matchup against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium:

• Wide receiver Parris Campbell

• Wide receiver Daurice Fountain

• Wide receiver Penny Hart

• Quarterback Andrew Luck

• Guard Quenton Nelson

• Defensive end Jabaal Sheard

• Kicker Adam Vinatieri

• Running back Jordan Wilkins

There's a chance other Colts players also won't play in today's matchup; head coach Frank Reich said the team's starters, meanwhile, are expected to play "about a quarter."


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