Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions end preseason schedules tonight
The Indianapolis Colts launch into the post-Luck era with his successor on the bench.
Coach Frank Reich plans to sit Jacoby Brissett against the Cincinnati Bengals tonight, the Colts’ first game since Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Either Phillip Walker or Chad Kelly will start, competing for the No. 2 job. Kelly has played well in all three preseason games but must serve a two-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Walker has spent the last two seasons on Indianapolis’ practice squad.
Reich plans to rest his starters and some key backups.
CHIEFS at PACKERS
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will not play, which means the two-time MVP won’t make his debut in coach Matt LaFleur’s offense until the regular-season opener on Sept. 5 at Chicago. Rodgers said he’s using this week to prepare for the Bears.
The Chiefs’ big story line will be at backup quarterback after Chad Henne broke an ankle against San Francisco. Kyle Shurmur and Chase Litton are the two developmental prospects on the roster, and veteran Matt Moore was signed this week to provide some experience.
LIONS at BROWNS
The Browns don’t have many roster spots up for grabs, but depth at wide receiver is suddenly an issue following Antonio Callaway’s drug suspension and Jaelen Strong’s release. Former Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to get a long look at receiver and perhaps as punt returner. Miller caught 34 passes in two seasons with Houston and returned 13 punts.
The Lions are expected to give newly acquired quarterback Luis Perez some snaps. Perez was signed Tuesday and replaced David Fales, who was cut, as a fourth quarterback on the roster. Perez played in the AAF until it folded during the winter.
TITANS at BEARS
Of importance for the Bears is the kicker position. Even though Eddy Pineiro made a 58-yard field goal last week, he needs another good week to prevent GM Ryan Pace from bringing in any kickers cut later this week by other teams.
It’s doubtful Titans QB Marcus Mariota, pulled after being sacked for a safety on the second play of his second series last week, will play. If Derrick Henry does not play, he will have sat out the entire preseason after hurting his left calf on the opening day of training camp.
VIKINGS at BILLS
Returning receivers Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie and Ray-Ray McCloud, along with former CFL star Duke Williams, who has scored twice this preseason, are projected to be on the bubble for the Bills.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey and punter Matt Wile are the incumbents, with recent acquisition Kaare Vedvik in camp to challenge both of them. Special teams have been a sore spot in Minnesota, and Vedvik missed two field goals last week against Arizona. Coach Mike Zimmer said he was “at a loss” about the situation while noting that Bailey and Wile had performed better in practice since Vedvik’s arrival.