Luck eager for extended playing time

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts' starters will have the closest thing to a dress rehearsal for their season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 7 when they likely play into the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

The starters played one series against the New York Jets on Aug. 7. They played a little bit longer against the New York Giants last week. The starters aren't expected to play much if they even play at all in the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 28.

“There’s a lot of, obviously, important things in the game,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “But yeah, if we do it like we have the past couple years, when you get to come out and do a drive in the second half, it’s good to get back in that mode, that rhythm at halftime of sitting down for 12 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever it is and coming back out then hopefully putting a drive together.”

Depending on if coach Chuck Pagano decides to play receiver Reggie Wayne, Luck could be working with his entire offensive unit outside of starting center Khaled Holmes (ankle) against the Saints.

“It’ll be exciting,” Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “I think we’ll be faced with some new challenges from week to week. The more evidence that you put on film that you’re going to do certain things, teams tend to scheme you up and have better answers in a sense. Our guys are working hard. It will be a tremendous challenge for us as an offensive unit, but I think we’re up to the challenge.”