Hilton will not require surgery to address the ankle issue he played through of late, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. With the Colts' season done following Saturday's 31-13 playoff loss to the Chiefs, Hilton -- who had been dealing with both a high and low sprain in the same ankle -- will now be able to rest and rehab his ankle, a process that could take a few months, but will allow him to heal up before the time the team next takes the field together. The 29-year-old wideout, who finished up the regular season with 76 catches (on 120 targets) for 1,270 yards and six TDs in 14 games, is under contract with Indianapolis through the 2020 season.
Hilton (ankle) caught four of 10 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-13 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs. Hilton was unable to connect with QB Andrew Luck throughout much of the game, but was able to haul in a 29-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to briefly keep the Colts' hopes alive. Hilton's ankle issues were apparent as he was seen limping throughout the contest. The 29-year-old said after the game he's been battling through a high- and low-ankle sprain over the last few weeks, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports, and unfortunately it finally appeared to catch up to him somewhat Saturday. Hilton was still one of the top receivers in the league during 2018, catching 76 of 120 targets for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games.
Despite not practicing this week, Hilton (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs. Hilton has practiced just once since Week 15, yet has not missed a game in that span, en route to racking up 19 catches (on 32 targets) for 369 yards over his last four outings. Indy's top wideout takes aim this weekend at a Kansas City defense that allowed an average of 273.4 passing yards per game during the regular season. Only the Bengals allowed more.
Hilton didn't participate in Tuesday's walkthrough due to an ankle injury. Despite having this particular issue impact him in practice since Week 15 prep, Hilton has suited up in four consecutive contests, compiling 19 catches (on 32 targets) for 369 yards and no touchdowns. For the most part, he's looked like himself on gamedays, but coach Frank Reich and the Colts training staff are taking no chances with Hilton as they prepare for a divisional-round matchup at Kansas City on Saturday.
Hilton (ankle) caught five of 10 targets for 85 yards in Saturday's 21-7 playoff win over the Texans. Hilton had a busy first half with four receptions and 65 yards, but with the Colts up 21-0 at halftime Andrew Luck had only 10 pass attempts during the second half. Still, it was a solid game for Hilton, who entered the afternoon questionable with the ankle issue. The 29-year-old is without a touchdown since Week 11, but has an appetizing matchup against Kansas City's porous pass defense in the divisional round next week.
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