The Colts’ decision to pull their starters in Week 15 last season with an undefeated season on the line was unpopular to say the least.

Brace yourselves Colts fans, there will be plenty of Curtis Painter and company on display Thursday.

The Colts’ decision to pull their starters in their fourth preseason game Thursday shouldn’t be.

Head coach Jim Caldwell all but guaranteed that you won’t see any first-team players on the field against the Bengals. He was recently asked if the team would treat the final preseason game as it always has.

“If you look at our history, don’t expect anything to deviate from the norm in that regard,” Caldwell said.

The Colts almost always rest their starters in the final preseason game.

After the Colts get destroyed by the Bengals Thursday some will look at the Colts preseason record, and the severity of their losses, and be concerned.

They aren’t paying attention.

The Colts have nine preseason wins since 2004 – that’s seven seasons.

With the preseason over for the starters, it’s time to take inventory of the only thing that really matters in for these Colts in August – injuries.

On offense the Colts are in pretty good shape at the skill positions. RB Joseph Addai sustained a concussion against Green Bay, TE Dallas Clark tweaked his leg in training camp, and WR Pierre Garcon sat out the first two preseason games. All are expected to start in Week 1.

The ongoing concern is the Colts’ offensive line. LT Charlie Johnson (foot) and C Jeff Saturday (knee) will both miss the entire preseason and fill-in LT Tony Ugoh recently suffered a toe injury, adding to the confusion. As usual, Caldwell has offered little information as to their status for the regular season.

“I can tell you we are getting healthier,” he said Monday. “That would probably be the best way to state it.”

The Colts defensive starters have suffered some bumps and bruises, but nothing too serious.

CB Jacob Lacey suffered a concussion, MLB Gary Brackett banged up his hand, and CB Jerraud Powers is nursing a sore foot, but all are expected to play come Week 1.

Perhaps the most surprising news is SS Bob Sanders will exit the preseason unscathed (we think).

Thursday’s scrimmage against the Bengals won’t be pretty for the Colts, but just remember, it’s for a good cause.

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