Colts Notebook: T.Y. Hilton Misses Second Straight Practice
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INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in a while, the Colts will have several key injuries to watch at their final practice of the week.
The Colts (6-6) are banged up on offense heading into this Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Texans (9-3).
Here are some takeaways from the Colts second day of practice this week:
- These were the Colts healthy wide receivers and tight ends at Thursday’s practice: WRs-Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal; TEs-Ryan Hewitt, Clive Walford. Talk about a less than ideal scenario going into the final practice of the week on Friday. T.Y. Hilton, Dontrelle Inman, Eric Ebron, Mo Alie-Cox have missed the first two practice days of the week. And Erik Swoope didn’t participate on Thursday.
- Hilton injured his shoulder late in the loss to Jacksonville and that has carried into his lack of participation this week. The Colts’ best skill player did return to Sunday’s game after suffering the shoulder injury and caught a pass on the final drive of the game. The injury came with less than 5 minutes to go, on a contested catch with coverage from Jalen Ramsey. Hilton is a name to watch at Friday’s final practice of the week. Also at receiver, Inman is dealing with a shoulder injury
- At tight end, Ebron remains sick as he’s missed the first two practice days this week. Mo Alie-Cox has not practiced the past two weeks.
- Center Ryan Kelly was once again observing Thursday’s practice. He’s missed the last 8 sessions with a sprained MCL. It’s again looking more and more like Evan Boehm will be starting at center in Houston on Sunday.
- Versatile defensive lineman Margus Hunt has missed the first two days of practice this week, dealing with injuries in both knees. Hunt has played through a lot this season.
- Caught up with Dontrelle Inman on Thursday. Inman probably has the most experience playing under Frank Reich. The two were together in San Diego from 2014-15, when Reich was the Chargers offensive coordinator. Here are Inman’s thoughts on Reich the head coach: “He’s exactly the same guy,” Inman says of the first-year head coach. “I think Coach Frank always takes the approach of being a leader in whatever role he has been in, just because he has that quarterback background. I think that’s a big plus as a head coach, having someone who was a quarterback. Quarterbacks not only lead the offense, but they lead the defense as well. He’s a great leader and nothing has changed.”
- The Colts rank last in the NFL in yards after catch in 2018 (4.4 yards after catch) this season. On one end, that’s a bit surprising, because that was supposed to be part of how Frank Reich wanted to create some big plays this season. On the other, it’s not, considering the pass catching talent at the receiver position.
- We talk so much about the aggressive nature of the Colts and Frank Reich. It’s interesting to see them just 27th in the NFL in fourth-down conversions this year: 6-of-14 (42.9%). They've attempted the 5th most fourth downs of any team.
- Personally, I’ve always thought T.Y. Hilton is a No. 1 WR. Some have knocked his consistency week-to-week though. He’s been consistent over the past month. Here are Hilton’s last four games: 77 yards, 155 yards, 125 yards, 77 yards. Since Week 10, Hilton is tied with Antonio Brown for the NFL-lead with 434 receiving yards.
- It’s award season around the NFL. The Colts chose a couple of nominees this week for league-wide awards. Jabaal Sheard was the team’s nomination for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Jack Doyle was chosen by his teammates to be the recipient of the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award, which is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual. If you were labeling the top ‘professionals’ inside of the Colts locker room, there’s no doubt Sheard and Doyle would be near the top of that list.
THURSDAY’S INJURY REPORT
DNP: TE-Mo Alie-Cox (calf), TE-Eric Ebron (back/illness), CB-Nate Hairston (ankle), WR-T.Y. Hilton (shoulder), DL-Margus Hunt (knee), WR-Dontrelle Inman (shoulder), C-Ryan Kelly (knee), CB-Chris Milton (hamstring), S-Mike Mitchell (calf), TE-Erik Swoope (knee).
-Bowen’s Analysis: This is a pretty long list for a Thursday. But in December these lists can get a bit long. Certainly, some key names to watch at Friday’s final practice.
LIMITED: S-Malik Hooker (hip), WR-Chester Rogers (groin)
-Bowen’s Analysis: Both guys were limited on Wednesday as well.
FULL: S-Clayton Geathers (knee)
-Bowen’s Analysis: The fourth-year safety did not practice on Wednesday.