Colts set up joint training camp workouts with Chicago Bears

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By Mike Chappell

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2015) – As expected, the Indianapolis Colts will share a portion of their training camp regimen with the Chicago Bears.

A byproduct is a shorter summer at Anderson University.

Coach Chuck Pagano announced Thursday the Colts and Bears have reached an agreement to hold joint workouts Aug. 19-20 at the team’s West 56th complex in Indianapolis. They meet Aug. 22 in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts report to Anderson University Aug. 1 and will break camp Aug. 15, the day before they travel to Philadelphia for their Aug. 16 preseason opener. Previously, camp in Anderson has lasted about three weeks.

“We get a solid two weeks up there so it works out great for everybody,’’ Pagano said.

The Colts, he added, have attempted to arrange joint workouts in the past, and things finally fell into place with the Bears.

“I was glad we were able to come to agreement and get that thing solidified,’’ he said. “It’s somebody else to go against. Scheme-wise you get to see hopefully some different things on both sides of the ball.

“At the same time, we’ve talked long and hard about the tempo of the practice. It’ll bring excitement and energy. It’s a boost, it’s a lift for everybody to do something different, to go against somebody. We’ll all do a great job of making sure that it’s productive and it doesn’t become anything other than that.”

The Colts have held joint workouts in the past. They worked against Detroit in 1984 and the St. Louis Rams in 1998-99 in Champaign, Ill. They also have shared practice time with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.

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