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Indianapolis will open and close the 2012 preseason schedule at home. The Colts host St. Louis and Cincinnati in those respective games, along with visiting Pittsburgh and Washington in the middle two weeks of action. The only firm date and time is on August 19 at Pittsburgh on NBC, one of 12 nationally-televised NFL preseason games.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will start a new era of football on the weekend of August 9-13 when they host St. Louis in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indianapolis will start the preseason schedule against the Rams as the club begins play under new Head Coach Chuck Pagano.  The Colts will close preseason action at home on the weekend of August 29-30 when they host Cincinnati.

The Colts will visit Pittsburgh and Washington during the second and third weeks of preseason play.  Indianapolis will meet the Steelers in Heinz Field on Sunday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m.  The game will be telecast nationally by NBC Sports.  The Colts will visit Washington on the weekend of August 23-26.  That came could feature the top two players selected in the NFL Draft.  Indianapolis owns the top spot in the April 26-28 selection process.  Washington moved into the second slot after a recent trade with St. Louis.

The Colts and Rams are not traditional preseason combatants.  The teams met last year in St. Louis in only the second-ever preseason contest between the franchises.  This will be the 21st preseason game for the Colts with Pittsburgh, the first since the teams met in 2000 in Mexico City.  This marks the second straight season the Colts and Redskins have met, while Indianapolis has battled Cincinnati in the final week of preseason in 10 of the last 11 years.  

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