In­di­anapo­lis Colts

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With An­drew Luck’s re­cov­ery from off­sea­son shoul­der surgery chug­ging along be­hind sched­ule and his Week 1 sta­tus grow­ing in­creas­ingly un­cer­tain, Scott

Tolzien had his chance in an Aug. 26 matchup with the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers to rid him­self of the sour taste that lin­gered from the first two weeks of the pre­sea­son.

Tolzien was on pace to en­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son, where the prospect of re­plac­ing Luck against the Los An­ge­les Rams might loom, with­out hav­ing ever mar­shaled the start­ing of­fense into the end zone. In­stead, he turned in his most im­pres­sive per­for­mance of the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son, com­plet­ing seven of 10 passes for 123 yards and play­ing with a con­fi­dence not seen from him in ei­ther of the pre­vi­ous two games.

It might have been just enough to put to rest any po­ten­tial de­bate about who the start­ing quar­ter­back should be if Luck is not ready to start.

QB Stephen Mor­ris also con­sis­tently moved the of­fense and com­pleted 12 of 16 passes for 143 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions, mak­ing clutch throws in the face of a sig­nif­i­cant pass rush.

“We’re mov­ing for­ward with

the guys we have and the guys who are prac­tic­ing,” coach Chuck

Pagano said Aug. 28, stop­ping short of declar­ing an of­fi­cial sub for Luck.

Rookie watch: First-round S Ma­lik Hooker and sec­on­dround CB Quincy Wil­son sat out with mi­nor in­juries but were ex­pected to be ready for the opener. … RB Mar­lon Mack rushed for 18 yards on seven car­ries and had a 17-yard re­cep­tion. It wasn’t nearly as elec­tric as his pre­sea­son de­but, but Mack could push for work be­hind Frank Gore. Mack is com­pet­ing with vet­eran RB Robert Turbin for the role.

Note­wor­thy: Gore rushed for 23 yards on five car­ries, in­clud­ing a 1-yard touch­down run, while Josh Fer­gu­son rushed for 23 yards on 11 car­ries. … CB Von

tae Davis left the game with a groin in­jury.

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