The Indianapolis Colts will be without Nyheim Hines after the running back suffered a concussion on the first drive of Thursday’s game.
Approaching Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Jonathan Taylor would miss the game with an ankle injury. That pushed the versatile Nyheim Hines into the starting lineup and many were excited to see Hines more involved in the Colts’ offense. Unfortunately, Hines’ night ended early after suffering a concussion on the first drive of the game.
The Colts went to Hines on the first three plays of the game and on a third-and-seven, Hines caught a pass out of the backfield and was racing towards the sticks when he was hit by two Broncos defenders. As Hines attempted to get up, he began stumbling on his feet in a scene that was scary and very hard to watch. With the help of teammates and Indy’s medical staff, he eventually gained his composure and walked back to the locker room.
This of course comes just one week after the scary Tua Tagovailoa injury that brought the NFL world to a halt, forcing the NFLPA to launch an investigation and began working with the league to adjust the concussion protocol.
Nyheim Hines suffers concussion in Colts vs. Broncos
While the most important thing is definitely Hines’ health, this forces Indianapolis to play with their third and fourth running backs, Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay, a Denver native that played his first three seasons with the Broncos, was activated from the practice squad by the Colts for this homecoming game.
However, all thoughts are with Nyheim Hines right now after the scary scene. It was good to see Hines eventually regain his balance and be able to walk to the locker room under his own power. Indianapolis will send out all further updates regarding his progress through the concussion protocol.