T.Y. Hilton Sounds Like A Guy Playing On Sunday Afternoon
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INDIANAPOLIS – Having been sidelined with a hamstring injury for two weeks, it was a bit of a surprise on Wednesday to see T.Y. Hilton practicing, with a FULL designation.
That has certainly not been the case with the nagging hamstring injuries for Anthony Castonzo, Marlon Mack and Denico Autry this season.
But Hilton is talking, and looking, like a guy who could return to the lineup this Sunday. Not a ton of individual routes for T.Y. Hilton today, but here’s one: pic.twitter.com/ukuYYZ6Kdg — Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 18, 2018
Not a ton of individual routes for T.Y. Hilton today, but here’s one: pic.twitter.com/ukuYYZ6Kdg
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 18, 2018
"It felt better than I expected, so I kept going,” Hilton said on Thursday, when asked if he was surprised to be a FULL participant in his first practice back the day prior.
Hilton spoke on Thursday, before his second practice of the week, acknowledging that he didn’t want to rush things too early in the week. While Hilton didn’t take a ton of individual reps at Thursday’s practice, the reps he did take looked full speed. Hilton ended up being a limited participant on Thursday.
Given the recent drops for the Colts, the injuries at the receiver position and this team having lost 4 straight games, there are certainly plenty of reasons that a return of Hilton this Sunday would be welcomed.
“I hate being out, period,” Hilton, who has missed just 4 games in his 7-year career, said on Thursday.
“We need a win, so I’ve got to be out there.”
Here are a few notes from the other injuries for the Colts in Week 7:
-Denico Autry (hamstring): The versatile defensive lineman has been out since the New England game. Autry missed time earlier this season with an ankle injury.
-Jack Doyle (hip): It’s been since Week Two for Doyle’s absence. Hip injuries are weird. Remember, Dwayne Allen went on IR after injuring his hip in Week One of the 2013 season. Frank Reich has hinted that Doyle could be close to returning. But, at this point, it’s hard to see Doyle playing before the bye week on Nov. 4
-Clayton Geathers (neck/concussion): Geathers practiced fully on Wednesday, but didn’t on Thursday. Now, Geathers has taken days off late in the week a good amount this season. But we aren’t sure where Geathers is with the concussion protocol. Since the New England game, when Geathers first got hurt, he’s practiced twice (a limited session last week, and a full session on Wednesday). Does Geathers need one more practice on Friday before he’s fully cleared for game action?
-Ryan Grant (ankle): We haven’t seen Grant this week after he injured his ankle late in last Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Grant has never missed a game in 5 NFL seasons. But it’s not looking good for him this week. Even if Grant is out, and with Marcus Johnson on IR, the Colts could be good with their current receiver situation on the 53-man roster, with Dontrelle Inman signed and T.Y. Hilton trending nicely.
-Robert Turbin (shoulder): Like Autry, Doyle and Grant, Turbin has missed the first two days of practice. Turbin suffered his shoulder injury on a 3rd-and-1 fumble in the second quarter last week. If Turbin has to miss Sunday, the Colts still have three running backs on the 53-man roster (Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins).
THURSDAY’S INJURY REPORT
DNP: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), S-Clayton Geathers (concussion/neck), WR-Ryan Grant (ankle), TE-Erik Swoope (knee), RB-Robert Turbin (shoulder)
-Bowen’s Analysis: Swoope was limited on Wednesday, but a DNP on Thursday.
LIMITED: WR-T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring), CB-Arthur Maulet (hip), CB-Chris Milton (hamstring), DT-Al Woods (rest)
-Bowen’s Analysis: Maulet and Miton are the team’s 4th and 5th corners right now.
FULL: OT-Denzelle Good (non injury related), DL-Margus Hunt (knee)
-Bowen’s Analysis: It’s looking like Hunt will return to the lineup after missing the Jets game.