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.
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.