Colts' starters may play an a little bit more in preseason

Every team always has to play the delicate balance of playing time during the preseason, and the Indianapolis Colts are no different.

Head coach Frank Reich told reporters Saturday that the starters may play a little more this preseason in hopes of getting more prepared for the start of the season. 

“Maybe play a little bit more than we’ve played in the past, not a whole lot more, but maybe a little bit more,” Reich said.

It’s no surprise Reich would feel this way. Given the injuries that hit the starting unit during training camp and the preseason last year, the season's subsequent 1-4 start.

Reich knows he has to be smart with his players, especially the ones that play positions of higher risk like running back and linebacker

In Week 2 against the Lions, because we’re having competitive practice against them, there’s a good chance the starters won’t play in that game because we’ve got two good days of work against them 

It’s highly competitive,” Reich said. “Dan (Campbell) and I have already talked, so that will probably likely be the plan for that game.

It’s a fine line to walk throughout the preseason. Every coach has a different philosophy when it comes to playing time during the preseason, and Reich is no different.