Colts Notebook: T.Y. Hilton Returns To Practice, Could Play Sunday
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been just two games, but it probably feels like two years to Frank Reich and fans of the Indianapolis Colts.
T.Y. Hilton’s absence from game action could be coming to an end, as early as this Sunday.
Hilton returned to practice on Wednesday, trying to test out his injured hamstring and see if he can give it a go against the Bills.
“I have to make sure I’m healthy,” Hilton first stated on Wednesday. “I don’t want to go out there and hurt myself. I’ll give it a test (Wednesday). Must-win game, so I have to be out there.”
Hamstring injuries have been nagging and lingering for the Colts in 2018, so you wonder if that might impact how willing the team is to get Hilton on the field this weekend.
With the injuries and drops running rampant among the barren wideout room, the need for Hilton has never been higher.
“Watching them on TV and not being there with them, it hurts me,” the seven-year pro said on Wednesday. “It hurts me a lot. I hate watching. I know they need me, so I’m doing everything they need for me to get back.”
And Hilton ended his Wednesday media session with a very accurate quote on him possibly playing, but being limited, on Sunday.
“My less than 100% is better than most people’s,” Hilton said.
Here’s a notebook look at the Colts returning to practice on Wednesday:
- Even though Denzelle Good is now back to practice full-time, the Colts are keeping their same starting offensive line from last week, Frank Reich said on Wednesday. Reich did say Good might get a look at guard (where Marc Glowinski is the new starter for Matt Slauson). Good has started at right guard before, although his primary position is tackle.
- The Colts brought K.J. Brent back to their practice squad on Tuesday. Reich had some nice things to say about Brent on Wednesday. Brent was the team’s No. 4 wideout for stretches of Training Camp before suffering a knee injury and going on IR (he was then waived off IR in early September). If the Colts need another WR called up from the practice squad late in the week, Brent is an option. The Colts like his position versatility and the quarterbacks have trust in Brent. That means a lot right now, with the recent drops.
- With the current situation at receiver, would the Colts be inclined to move Nyheim Hines more to an actual receiver position or even use more multi-tight end looks? “That’s something we evaluate by game plan each week,” Reich said on Wednesday.
- Andrew Luck had a pretty poignant quote on Wednesday about the Colts being 1-5: “Losing is not fun. What we cannot allow to happen is that losing becomes okay and that you start to buy into an excuse. I learned this when I was a rookie when I walked into this locker room, there’s a proud winning culture on this team. We need to find that again a little bit. I think we are close. I think we have the people to do it. But we’ve got to take those next steps.”
- Kicker Adam Vinatieri is just 10 points away from Morten Andersen (2,544) for the most points scored in NFL history. Andrew Luck had this to say about Vinatieri on Wednesday: “I probably don’t appreciate him enough. No one in this locker room probably appreciates him enough. He’s incredible. More impressive is just his approach, his humility, how he comes to work, how he practices, how he prepares. He’s a great example for any young football player, at any position. Certainly, I feel fortunate to have played with him and I get to tell my kids, my grandkids one day that I got to play with Adam Vinatieri.”
- The Colts are very encouraged by what they did on the ground in Sunday’s second half against the Jets. But doing that in the first half, when a defense isn’t thinking pass, remains a mystery. The Colts will want some balance this week going up against a stingy Buffalo defense.
- Reich was quick to point out that the majority of Andrew Luck’s 8 interceptions haven’t been the quarterback’s fault this season. “A number of them are not on him,” Reich said, pointing to drops, pressure and even play calling as reasons for Luck having 8 picks through 6 weeks.
- Frank Reich will have a few of his former Buffalo teammates inside of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, including Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer.
- Jack Doyle wasn’t practicing on Wednesday, but Reich made it seems like the tight ends’ return could be coming soon. Doyle (hip) hasn’t played since Week Two. “You can tell Jack is ready and wanting to go,” Reich said on Wednesday. The head coach will not label Doyle in the ‘week-to-week’ category.
- Caught up with Quincy Wilson on Wednesday. He said that dime/underneath role the Colts had him in on Sunday was something he had never done. “It was new,” Wilson said. “I’m just ready to plug in wherever they need me.” Clayton Geathers was back at practice on Wednesday, so it remains to be seen how much Wilson will be used in that role moving forward.
- The Bills are starting 35-year-old Derek Anderson at quarterback on Sunday, with rookie Josh Allen (elbow) injured. Anderson was signed by the Bills last week and has the 2nd worst completion percentage of any NFL quarterback since the start of the 2000 season. That should be music to the ears of the Colts defensive unit struggling in pass coverage right now.
- The Colts had the following players not participating at the start of Wednesday’s practice: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), WR-Ryan Grant (ankle) and RB-Robert Turbin (shoulder).
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 17, 2018
WEDNESDAY’S INJURY REPORT
DNP: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), WR-Ryan Grant (ankle), CB-Arthur Maulet (hip), RB-Robert Turbin (shoulder)
LIMITED: TE-Erik Swoope (knee)
FULL: S-Clayton Geathers (concussion/neck), OT-Denzelle Good (non injury related), WR-T.Y. Hilton (chest/hamstring), DL-Margus Hunt (knee)