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It appears Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts will rest most starters in preseason finale

Don’t expect to see many—if any—Lions’ starters on Friday.

NFL: AUG 13 Preseason - Lions at Colts Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you’re planning to tune into Friday’s contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions to see what either team will look like in 2021, you are likely going to be disappointed.

Colts head coach Chris Ballard addressed the Indianapolis media on Wednesday morning and admitted that both teams are now planning to rest their starters after having a conversation with Lions head coach Dan Campbell.

For the Lions, this is a development we knew already. Last week, Campbell said he was considering resting some of his veteran starters not only for last week’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but for the remainder of the exhibition season. He followed through with that consideration by resting Jared Goff, Kalif Raymond, Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, D’Andre Swift, Trey Flowers, T.J. Hockenson, and Romeo Okwara among many others.

So it appears the preseason finale—this Friday at 7 p.m. ET—will feature reserves and backups looking to fight for one of the final roster spots available to them.