Colts Friday Notebook: T.Y. Hilton's Availability In Question For Denver

Intro: The Colts have ruled out two players for Sunday’s game against Denver. Who are they and what is the injury status of T.Y. Hilton?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts final practice of Denver week saw their star wide receiver still sidelined.

T.Y. Hilton is listed as questionable for Sunday and looks to be a game-time decision for Week Nine.

Here are some sound bites from Chuck Pagano and Robert Mathis meeting the media on Friday:Chuck Pagano on T.Y. Hilton's workload Friday:

"He ran pretty good. We will see how he feels when he comes in (Saturday) morning and the byproduct of the work he did today."

Bowen's Analysis: Hilton did not practice all week, an almost sure sign players don't play that week. However, Hilton did do some field running and treadmill work Friday and will be evaluated over the next 36-48 hours to determine his availability for Sunday.

In his four NFL seasons, Hilton has missed just two games. He's frequently played through nagging injuries, particularly this season. Most guys who don't practice all week are ruled OUT on Friday. Hilton could be a definite exception. This is the injury to watch going into Sunday.Chuck Pagano on if Hilton can't go, how that impacts personnel:

"We got guys. We got tight ends. If you have to alter personnel groups, the number of wideouts on the field…it's all hands on deck."

Bowen's Analysis:* *If Hilton misses Sunday, the Colts four healthy wide receivers on the active roster would be Donte Moncrief, Andre Johnson, Griff Whalen and Quan Bray. We saw Whalen catch five balls (in five targets) in playing just 10 snaps on Monday night.

Pagano pointed out Friday how the Colts can still be flexible with their personnel groupings to combat a potential Hilton loss. Rob Chudzinski has had tight ends produce at a high level before, so Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle should be looking forward to their roles going forward. If Hilton can't go Sunday, the Colts would likely go with Bray or Whalen at punt returner.

Robert Mathis on his 2013 strip/sack of Peyton Manning:

"I feel fortunate to be able to make that play.

"The fans loved it, so that's really all that matters."

Bowen's Analysis: In 2013, Robert Mathis' second-quarter strip/sack of Peyton Manning led to a safety and put the Colts in the midst of 23 unanswered points. The play was monumental in turning that game and ultimately the Colts knocking off the then undefeated Broncos.

Mathis talked on Friday how him and Manning remain friends and No. 18 texted No. 98 during his Achilles' rehab last year. Chuck Pagano says Mathis has no restrictions and looks great out there in starting the past two games. Playing the top-ranked Denver defense, another key turnover or short field set up by the Colts defense/special teams units would be welcomed on Sunday.

INJURY NOTES

Here is Friday's final injury report:

  • OUT: WR-Phillip Dorsett (ankle), ILB-Nate Irving (knee)

-As far as Irving, the Colts felt like some time off would serve the inside linebacker well. Irving tore his ACL midway through last year. Irving did play sparingly earlier this season.

  • QUESTIONABLE: WR-T.Y. Hilton (foot)

-The Hilton update is above.

  • PROBABLE: CB-Darius Butler (foot), S-Winston Guy (shoulder), C-Khaled Holmes (neck), QB-Andrew Luck (ankle)

-Luck was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. With Holmes healthy, he could slide back into his starting role at center. Holmes was limited at practice all week, so that might impact his role for Sunday.

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