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Colts without Allen, Freeman against Bills

ANDERSON, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts will be without tight end Dwayne Allen and linebacker Jerrell Freeman for their preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, coach Chuck Pagano said Friday.

Allen is getting a second opinion on his injured foot and Freeman is dealing with a shoulder problem.

Allen and Freeman aren't the only Colts dealing with injuries that will keep them out Sunday.

  • Pagano also ruled out offensive linemen Hugh Thornton (ankle) and Khaled Holmes (ankle) against the Bills.

  • Rookie Bjoern Werner was held out of practice Friday with a sore knee, but he's expected to play against Buffalo.

  • The Colts are holding out hope safety LaRon Landry (knee) will be able to play Sunday.

  • Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey continues to increase his practice load after being slowed by a sprained knee earlier this week.

It's unknown how many plays key players will be on the field against the Bills, but one thing is for certain -- the Colts don't plan to put quarterback Andrew Luck in the position to get hit so that he could knock the offseason rust off.

"Absolutely not," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "When Andrew was in college, when I would approach him and ask him a couple days prior to the game, ‘Hey, give me an idea of what plays you’d like to start with’ and he would always say, ‘Hey, early on I want to get hit to knock the butterflies out.’ He would actually do more of the hitting, should I say, if we ran a sprint out or a roll out. You could count on him not throwing the football and just tucking it and trying to run over a defensive back or a linebacker. By no means do we employ that strategy at this level.”