Hilton recorded four receptions on nine targets for 53 yards in the team's Week 1 contest against the Jaguars.
Hilton led the team with nine targets but lacked efficiency in a losing effort. New starting quarterback Philip Rivers looked his way late in the game for two consecutive passes, but Hilton dropped each opportunity. It was a disappointing opening performance, but all reports suggest Hilton is healthy, which should give him a strong chance to bounce back. He'll look to do so in Week 2 against the Vikings.
Hilton caught six passes, including one deep ball, in Saturday's scrimmage and appears to be in sync with new quarterback Philip Rivers, the Indianapolis Star reports. "We've been able to get on the same page," Rivers said.
Hilton was bothered by a hamstring injury earlier this month, but he's been at full speed during recent scrimmages and looks fully healthy for the start of the regular season. The 30-year-old wideout is a clear favorite to lead the team in targets, albeit in what could be a spread-the-wealth offense featuring three running backs (Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines), veteran tight end Jack Doyle and a pair of young wideouts (Parris Campbell, Michael Pittman).
Hilton and quarterback Philip Rivers have shown a strong connection in the Colts' initial practices, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.
Indianapolis beat writers and coach Frank Reich both have mentioned the good chemistry between the two veterans. Hilton was bothered by a hamstring injury earlier this month, but he's been able to practice without any apparent limitations since the Colts put on pads at the beginning of the week. The 30-year-old wideout is a clear favorite to lead the team in targets, albeit in what could be a spread-the-wealth offense featuring three running backs (Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines), veteran tight end Jack Doyle and a pair of young wideouts (Parris Campbell, Michael Pittman).
Hilton (hamstring) was activated from the non-football injury list Wednesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
The roster move doesn't necessarily mean he's 100 percent healthy, though Hilton downplayed the hamstring injury as recently as Monday. The Colts haven't revealed whether they plan to ease Hilton into practice or unleash the veteran wideout for full participation right away. Either way, Hilton is on track to be ready for Week 1.
Hilton downplayed his hamstring injury Monday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
With that in mind, Hilton believes that he could be cleared within a couple days, though the team's training staff could elect to play it safe with the wideout and give his injury up to a week more of recovery time. In any case, as long as there aren't any setbacks, Hilton's Week 1 availability is in no danger. Indy's top pass-catching option missed six games last season, mostly due to a partially torn calf, per Stephen Holder of The Athletic, but prior to that, he sat out just four contests over the course of his first seven NFL campaigns.
Hilton has placed on the active/non-football injury list after suffering a strained hamstring while training at home, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Holder reports the injury is mild, but we'll need to watch Hilton's progress in training camp given his injury history. Hilton played a career-low 10 games last season due to a calf injury after missing two games and being limited by abdominal and ankle injuries in 2018.
Hilton is still viewed as the focus of the Indianapolis offense even with the star receiver being slowed by injury the past two seasons and with the Colts taking Michael Pittman in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told the team's official web site. "I think about where we're at - things will be schemed to get him the football," he said.
Hilton played a career-low 10 games last season due to a calf injury after missing two games and being limited by abdominal and ankle injuries in 2018. Sirianni said Hilton has been working hard in the offseason to get back to top shape and Hilton didn't need offseason surgery for his calf injury, which he said was fully healthy at the end of the season. While better health could improve Hilton's outlook, improved quarterback play from new starter Philip Rivers could be just as large a factor.
Hilton revealed Monday that the tear in his calf was up to three centimeters wide, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Hilton said it was initially a two-centimeter tear but then became larger after he re-injured his calf during a Week 12 game against Houston. He eventually returned for Weeks 15-17, catching 10 passes for 123 yards on 16 targets over that stretch, with offensive snap shares of 52, 59 and 68 percent. The upward trend in playing time is a good sign for Hilton's offseason health, and he confirmed Monday that he won't need surgery, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. The 30-year-old wide receiver has one season remaining on a five-year, $65 million extension, with no guarantees for his $14.54 million base salary in 2020, per overthecap.com. The Colts likely intend to discuss a contract extension, but Hilton may be hesitant to make a long-term commitment to a franchise with uncertainty at quarterback.
Hilton caught all three of his targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to Jacksonville.
Hilton's 72 yards accounted for nearly half of Jacoby Brissett's entire passing total in a game in which the aerial attack struggled mightily. The star wideout turned in his worst fantasy season to date, finishing with just 45 receptions for 501 yards and five touchdowns through 10 games. Hilton dealt with multiple injuries throughout the campaign, but the loss of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck certainly played a role in the downturn in production. Brissett had an up-and-down season, so the Colts may explore a potential upgrade at the position in 2020, which could help restore Hilton's status as a high-end fantasy wideout.
Hilton caught three of four targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 38-6 win over the Panthers.
Part of Hilton's performance can be attributed to a great day on special teams and defense by the Colts. On the other hand, the pass offense has struggled mightily in recent weeks, irrespective of the play of the Colts' other units. Hilton has been held under 30 yards in three consecutive games, and he doesn't project as a safe bet to take advantage of the favorable matchup the season finale brings in the form of Jacksonville's 29th-ranked pass defense.
Coach Frank Reich said that Hilton -- who returned to action in Monday's 34-7 loss to the Saints following a two-game absence due to a calf issue -- came out of contest feeling "well" from a health standpoint, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Hilton only played 29 of the Colts' 56 offensive snaps and finished with a meager four catches for 25 yards on nine targets, but the modest workload may have been due in part to the blowout nature of the contest. Reich noted Wednesday that he expects the wideout to see more playing time over the final two weeks of the regular season, even with Indianapolis eliminated from playoff contention.
Hilton caught four of nine targets for 25 yards in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
Hilton returned from a two-game absence to lead the Colts in targets, but actually produced next to nothing prior to Indianapolis' final offensive series. On that drive, though, the wideout surfaced for three catches, salvaging some yardage late. Hilton's calf injury seemed to limit his snap count over the course of Monday's game, so it may be worthwhile to continue to monitor his progress ahead of Week 16's matchup against the Panthers.
Hilton (calf) is active for Monday's game at New Orleans.
He followed an LP/LP/DNP practice regimen for Week 15, after which coach Frank Reich seemed skeptical of the Colts' No. 1 wide receiver's chances of suiting up. "We've kind of been down this road before and he wasn't (at 100 percent)," Reich told Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star on Saturday. "I know it's T.Y., but we just want to feel good about it, do the right thing and make sure that he feels right and that we feel like he's good." In essence, Hilton was a game-time decision, but almost exactly one hour before the Colts released their list of inactives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the wideout was slated to return to action. In his previous appearance Week 12 in Houston, Hilton had limitations on his workload, but there won't be any this time, per Reich. Hilton will be looking to exploit a Saints defense that has allowed 179 receiving yards per game and 16 touchdowns to wideouts in 13 contests this season.
Hilton (calf) is expected to play Monday night against the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Previous reports indicated that Hilton, who profiled as a game-time decision for the contest, was trending in the right direction, with Schefter's latest tweet adding further encouragement with regard to the wideout's Week 15 status. In any case, official confirmation of Hilton's Monday night availability will arrive about 90 minutes prior to the Colts' 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
Hilton (calf) is trending in the right direction to play in Monday's matchup with the Saints, though he's still considered a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The good news for fantasy managers is that the Colts intend to use Hilton in his normal role if he's declared active for Monday's game. The bad news? A decision isn't likely to be made before pregame warmups, and the team's alternatives at wide receiver -- namely Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson and Aston Dulin -- haven't been especially reliable. Pascal and Johnson had big games last week, but both have put up some total duds during Hilton's prolonged absence.
Hilton (calf) is expected to be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Saints, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
After being limited at Friday's practice, Hilton was sidelined Saturday. Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis previously reported that Hilton is "absolutely committed to playing again this year," but it remains to be seen if he will suit up in New Orleans. His status Monday will likely depend on how he is feeling during warmups, which makes it a tricky spot for his owners given the timing. According to Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis, if he does play he will not be limited, but the team will only send him out there if he is 100 percent.
Hilton (calf) remained limited at practice Friday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis, Hilton seems "absolutely committed to playing again this year," leaving a return Monday night against the Saints on the table for now. That said, the wideout's status for the Colts' Week 15 contest is unclear heading into the weekend, a reality that would put those considering Hilton in fantasy lineups in a tricky spot, considering his team's late kickoff.
Hilton (calf) participated in practice Friday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Hilton logged a limited session Thursday, and his continued participation Friday suggests the wideout has a shot to suit up Monday against the Saints. At this stage, however, Hilton's status for the contest probably won't be clearly determined heading into the weekend, putting fantasy managers considering the wideout in Week 15 lineups in a rough spot, given the Colts' late kickoff.
Hilton (calf) will be limited in what's being described as a modified practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Per Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star, the Colts plan to proceed cautiously with Hilton, in the name of avoiding another setback with his calf injury. That said, the fact that the wideout will get some work in Thursday is at least a step in the right direction. Hilton last suited up in Week 12.
Hilton (calf) noted Wednesday that he feels "way better" than he did last week but admitted that he's uncertain about his status for the Week 15 game against the Saints, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Bowen adds that the wideout believes that he'll play again this season and "was pretty adamant" that going on injured reserve isn't an option that has been discussed. In any case, Hilton looks pretty iffy for Week 15, and the fact that the Colts play Monday night makes him a pretty risky fantasy lineup option unless things start to look up for him at practice in the coming days.
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