Hilton (ankle) was a full participant in OTAs on Tuesday, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports. As of three weeks ago, it was reported that Hilton was still not 100 percent after playing through ankle sprains for much of last season. But reports out of the first day of OTAs in Indianapolis are implying Hilton is extremely close to full strength. Given these are just voluntary workouts, the Colts likely won't push the star wideout too far, but it bodes well for Hilton's health heading into training camp.
Hilton (ankle) said he is still working his way back to full strength, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Hilton opted for rest rather than surgery after playing through high- and low-ankle sprains for much of 2018. He said he feels much better than he did a few months ago, but he also acknowledged uncertainty regarding his workload during spring practices, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. Locked in as the unquestioned No. 1 option in a prolific passing attack, Hilton should be healthy for the start of training camp even if he's limited throughout May and June. The Colts improved their wideout group with the signing of Devin Funchess and drafting of Parris Campbell, but neither is likely to see enough targets to threaten Hilton's accustomed volume.
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.
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|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
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