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Colts QB Jacoby Brissett will not play in third preseason game

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With this late in the preseason, if a player that’s still on the roster isn’t playing for the third game, then they’re clearly safe and being rested for safety. Which is what Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is doing.

Usually the backup quarterback plays this late in the preseason, but with starting quarterback Andrew Luck’s health in question, they’re saving Brissett for whether Luck is ready for week one or not. As head coach Frank Reich went into detail, they’re prepared for whatever happens with Luck’s health.

“At some level we want to protect Jacoby, to be honest with you, regardless of Andrew. In theory, even if Andrew’s playing in Week One, he still hasn’t taken a lot of reps, so you still got to protect Jacoby,” Reich said per Zak Keefer of The Athletic.

Brissett is more than capable of taking over for Andrew Luck as he did in the 2017 regular season when asked to fill in. He completed 276 of his 469 passes for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns to add to his impressive play that season.

It’s no secret of how the Colts organization feels about Brissett, as they called him the best backup quarterback in the league right now. Plus, their unwillingness of trading him shows even more of how they value his presence as a backup quarterback.

As much as they would want to have Andrew Luck under center in week one, the Colts might need to consider their options a little more with his questionable health. Luckily they have someone like Brissett on the sidelines for them.