PITTSBURGH - Thirty minutes of football produced a swirl of emotions for Colts fans ranging from hopes for the future to fears drummed up for the past.
Andrew Luck had a pair of turnovers yet a trio of scoring drives. Speaking of threes, that's how many significant Colts players saw their night cut short with injuries Sunday night against the Steelers.
The bizarre night in Pittsburgh ended in a 26-24 Colts loss and injuries to receiver Austin Collie, defensive lineman Cory Redding and linebacker Robert Mathis.
Collie's was the most concerning for Colts fans since he was taken off the field with concussion-like symptoms after colliding in the second quarter with a Steelers defender. Its the first such injury for Collie since 2010, when he suffered a pair of concussions that kept him out most of the season.
Redding (knee) and Mathis (shoulder) were taken out of the game early never to return. Their prognosis for next Saturday's pre-season game at Washington is still unknown.
The other major storyline was the second appearance of the Colts' number one pick. Luck played the entire first half, completing 16-of-25 passes for 175 yards without a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
His first came in the opening quarter, when Luck's pass was taken by Ike Taylor 49-yards for a Steelers touchdown to give them a 14-0 lead. Luck would rally back to lead the team on an 80-yard drive that was capped with a one-yard touchdown run by Donald Brown to cut the lead to seven.
Luck's second pick came on pass down the middle when it went off the hands of T.Y. Hiltonand into the hands of Pittsburgh's Cortez Allen. Again Luck came through with an 80-yard drive to tie the game, finishing the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak on fourth down.
The young quarterback showed some two-minute moxie with 42 seconds left in the first half. Taking the ball at his own 34, Luck completed three passes to get Adam Vinatieri in range to kick a 53-yard field goal to give the Colts a 17-14 lead at the half.
Drew Stanton relieved Luck in the third quarter and tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Griff Whalen to break a 17-all tie and give the Colts a seven-point lead. That was it the end of the scoring for the Colts, who surrendered a pair of field goals to Danny Hrapmann.
The last one came with 23 seconds left to drop the Colts preseason record to 1-1.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times