Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was seen leaving practice Friday with a walking boot on his left foot, which likely means he’ll miss the start of the season while recovering from an injury.
The ty hilton college is a problem that has been present for a while. Frank Reich says that the Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton will likely miss the start of the season with a disk issue, but he expects him to be back for Week 2.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIA — After worsening a neck injury in practice last week, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is likely to miss the start of the regular season, according to coach Frank Reich.
“During the journey to Detroit (last week), he was feeling some pain,” Reich added. “Scans were completed. It’s a problem with the disk. That’s a tricky situation. There will be additional meetings, assessments, and views. We want to complete our homework there.”
After going up in double coverage on a deep pass, Hilton spent several minutes on the ground during the team’s Aug. 25 practice. He returned to practice later. Hilton did not participate in the Colts’ preseason finale against the Lions on Aug. 27, as did many other starters.
“When you’re talking about a guy like T.Y. Hilton missing games, that’s obviously a huge blow because he’s not just a terrific player, but a great leader,” Reich said. “… I told (general manager) Chris (Ballard) many times that I felt T.Y. was looking as good as he’d ever looked during training camp. He seemed to be as quick and instinctive as ever. I could see he and (quarterback) Carson (Wentz) had an immediate connection even in the little time they worked together. When I was chatting to Carson, I could sense it. That’s sad, but the good news is that we have plenty of depth, and players will step up if necessary.”
Hilton, 31, has been the Colts’ No. 1 receiver for the last nine seasons, including five seasons with 1,000 yards.
Hilton returned to Indianapolis after signing a one-year, $8 million deal as a free agency this past summer. He is guaranteed $8 million, with the possibility of earning up to $10 million if he meets the incentives. He said he rejected down a multiyear contract with the Baltimore Ravens in order to stay with the team. Last season, Hilton led the Colts in receiving yards with 762 and tied for the club lead in touchdown receptions with five.
The Colts have a lot of receiving depth. In Hilton’s absence, Michael Pittman Jr., Zach Pascal, and Parris Campbell will be expected to step up.
The good news for the Colts is that Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson have reached a point in their recovery from foot issues where they can participate in full team exercises, according to Reich. When they returned last week, they completed everything except team exercises. How they react to practices this week will be crucial for each of them. Wentz and Nelson are expected to play in Week 1 against Seattle on Sept. 12.
“Part of the litmus test, with Quenton and Carson in particular, is that they need to be ready to go Wednesday, as Chris and I discussed,” Reich said. “Because the game is on Wednesday, they may train extensively on Wednesday and again on Thursday. So, in order to make it to Wednesday and Thursday, they’ll have to put in some effort this week. They’ll have to show that they can build on a solid day’s work by putting in another day’s effort. We’ll see how things go this week.”
This preseason, the Colts’ offense has been plagued by injuries.
Against the Lions, offensive lineman Sam Tevi tore his ACL, ending his season. Until Eric Fisher recovers from an Achilles injury, he was in the mix to start at left tackle.
A source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that, in addition to Hilton, Tevi, and Fisher, quarterback Sam Ehlinger is likely to miss five to six weeks with a damaged left knee.
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