Five Reasons to Watch the 49ers Battle the Colts in NFL Preseason

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IAugust 15, 2010

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 02:  Alex Smith #11 works out during the San Francisco 49ers training camp at their training complex on August 2, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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When the Colts and the 49ers take the field today in a preseason contest, it will be interesting to see how both teams approach the game. Here are five reasons to tune in.

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Colts Young Players: If you show up to this game looking to see the Colts starters, you are going to leave disappointed.

It was announced yesterday that at least five starters are slated to miss this game, including tight end Dallas Clark.

He is not alone.

Other players to miss the game are offensive linemen Jeff Saturday, Charlie Johnson and Jacques McClendon, wide receiver Pierre Garçon, linebackers Clint Session and Ramon Humber and defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, safety Bob Sanders and receiver Anthony Gonzalez could also sit out.

This will give a chance for the young players to play more snaps.

Paging Kentwan Balmer: Kentwan Balmer was excused for missing practices on Monday and Tuesday this week, but not on Wednesday. When the SF Chronicle asked 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary about it, he did not seem pleased.

“I told Kentwan to be here this morning,” Singletary said. “He was not. I don’t know what he’s doing but there is not going to be any phone calls, ‘Kentwan, what are you doing?’ I’m done with that. All I’m concerned about are the guys out here.”

Balmer will be fined, and if this continues there is a chance the 49ers could waive him. This game will showcase defensive ends that could take his place.

Offensive Line Shakeup: The Colts offensive line is possibly the most important unit on the team. After all they protect the team's most valued commodity in Peyton Manning.

It was recently announced that offensive line mainstay, Jeff Saturday, will be out up to six weeks with an injury. Shortly after that it was announced that left tackle Charlie Johnson will also miss time with an injury.

This preseason will be a good chance to look at ways to patch up the holes.

As of right now the Colts only have one sure starter, and that is right tackle Ryan Diem. 

Life After Coffee: Running back Glen Coffee surprised many folks when at the young age of 23 he retired from football. This was an interesting move considering he still had three years left on his contract.

The 49ers will get to see other running backs battle for the second string spot behind Frank Gore. Right now it would seem like Anthony Dixon has the edge.

It may be just a preseason game, but football is finally back on Sunday!