The Colts don’t have a lot of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Now they lost the only reliable they have on the team for the next month.
It was bad news when he was listed as limited on Wednesday’s injury report. It was worse news when he didn’t practice yesterday. But the worst possible news came out today. T.Y. Hilton is going to be out 3-4 weeks with a calf injury. It’s the worst case scenario.
Without Hilton, the Colts don’t have any reliable playmakers. He is the one who makes the passing game go. He has the best set of hands in the wide receiver room and is the best route runner. Without him, the Colts don’t have anybody who is a threat on the outside.
With Hilton out, Zach Pascal, a guy who was on the cut line in training camp, is now the number one receiver. It will be up to him, Parris Campbell, and Deon Cain to step up and produce. They can’t just rely on Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron to carry the pass catching load.
Hilton’s injury was non-contact. That’s what makes this so scary. Frank Reich said surgery should be avoided, but non-contact injuries are always bad. This could go from 3-4 weeks to 5-6 weeks really quick. They can’t afford to be without him for too long.
The good news is the schedule is kind to the Colts. They play the Steelers Sunday and then the Dolphins and Jaguars. None of those teams have winning records. If Hilton comes back in that fourth week, they play Houston again. They would need him for that game.
It’s next man up for this team. The Colts need to find a way to win games without their top two receivers now.