The Indianapolis Colts have had some tough injury luck ahead of the 2021 regular season. Starting quarterback Carson Wentz and All-Pro offensive lineman Quenton Nelson sustained similar foot injuries early on in the preseason, which has cast doubt on their status for the team’s opener in two weeks time.
On Sunday morning, a report indicated that the Colts have lost another major contributor for the start of the year.
According to Stephen Holder of The Athletic, veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is expected to miss multiple weeks with an undisclosed injury. The 31-year-old reportedly left practice on Wednesday but later returned.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter later added that Hilton is being evaluated for an upper back/neck injury. It remains unclear exactly how long the Colts wideout will be out, but his injury is not expected to be season-ending.
Nevertheless, the Hilton news is just the latest blow dealt to Indianapolis this summer. The Colts already find themselves depleted at other positions on offense and will now need to adjust without one of their best wide receivers for at least the first few weeks of the season.
Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton is being evaluated for an upper back/neck injury, per sources, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss. https://t.co/IhNVBP0KGx
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2021
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 29, 2021
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) August 29, 2021
Colts have a bottom-3 WR group, with or without TY. https://t.co/bW7gp059hH
— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) August 29, 2021
This is unfortunate news for Hilton. He’s chasing multiple #Colts receiving records that would elevate him to the level of Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Michael Pittman’s value in #FantasyFootball 📈. https://t.co/PdUUjkagbB
— Moody (@EricNMoody) August 29, 2021
Big blow for the Colts — you could tell Wentz and Hilton were building a connection quickly. Time for Michael Pittman, Parris Campbell (or Michael Strachan?) to step up. @ForTheCOLTure_J first on the TY news. https://t.co/tOpngxxAXL
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 29, 2021
Hilton was a vital piece of the Colts offense in 2020 when he had Philip Rivers throwing him the ball. He played in 15 games and made 56 catches for 762 yards and five scores. He isn’t the Pro Bowl caliber player he once was, but he’s still a vital piece of the puzzle in Indianapolis.
Without one of their lead wide receivers, the Colts will need to rely on a collection of others to step up over the next few weeks. Third-year man Parris Campbell and second-year wideout Michael Pittman will be called upon to take a much bigger role in the passing game, alongside whoever lines up under center at quarterback.
The Colts open the 2021 season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. ET.