Colts: Latest TY Hilton injury update isn’t exactly encouraging
By Mike Luciano
The Indianapolis Colts have been the victim of both a difficult schedule and some bad injury luck this season, and those have been the chief reasons they’re 0-3. Among those injured players is wide receiver TY Hilton, who has yet to take the field for Frank Reich this season.
While Hilton likely won’t reach his old Pro Bowl form again, he’s still capable of using his speed to get by the defense and make plays down the field. Considering Carson Wentz hasn’t exactly worked with a deep threat yet this year, Hilton’s return to the field would be welcomed with open arms.
Unfortunately, considering the latest injury report, Hilton appears to be further away from return than the Colts anticipated, meaning they might play a full quarter of the season without No. 13 at receiver.
Hilton is making progress in his return from the neck injury that has limited him this season, but he’s still not ready to be taken off injured reserve. In what has quickly become a must-win game against the Miami Dolphins, the Colts will once again be without Hilton.
TY Hilton might not see the field with the Colts in the near future.
Vague update! He’s making good progress, but he’s not ready yet. That’s not a timetable! It’s good news that they’re encouraged by how things are going … but that doesn’t solve any problems.
Hilton has averaged four catches and 50 yards per game over the last two seasons, and while those numbers won’t blow the doors off of any talent evaluator, he can provide a struggling Wentz with both a safety blanket and a field-stretcher. Marcus Brady is clearly aching for someone with Hilton’s skill set.
Though Michael Pittman and Zach Pascal have stepped up, this was supposed to be the year Campbell showed everyone that he can be an impact player in the slot. Instead, he’s totaled just three catches in two games after missing Week 2 with an injury.
The one silver lining for the Colts this season has been the fact that Pittman is starting to break out, as he’s averaging just under six catches and 75 yards per game through three weeks.
Still, the Colts brought back Hilton for this season for a reason, and it was because they believed he could still make enough of an impact to open up the field for the other, younger talents on this roster. Pittman, Campbell and Pascal as well as tight ends Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson all figured to benefit from Hilton’s mere presence, plus the addition of a playmaker in Wentz.
Instead, we’ll likely be waiting quite a while to see the front office’s true vision with everyone on the field at once.