INDIANAPOLIS —Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said today that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, cornerback Kenny Moore II and kicker Adam Vinatieri have been ruled out of Sunday's Week 14 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
Two players — safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin — are ruled as questionable for the game.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell and running back Marlon Mack, meanwhile, are expected to play "barring any setbacks," Reich said.
» Hilton initially suffered a calf injury during a non-contact portion of practice on Oct. 30, causing him to miss the Colts' next three games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was able to return to play a limited role last Thursday night against the Houston Texans, playing 25 offensive snaps and catching three passes for 18 yards, but general manager Chris Ballard announced Nov. 28 that Hilton suffered a setback with his calf during practice and was now considered week-to-week, causing him to miss last Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Look for Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Ashton Dulin, Chad Williams and, depending on his injury status, Parris Campbell, to get added snaps at wide receiver Sunday against the Buccaneers; the team also has Malik Henry on its practice squad if needed.
» Moore II suffered an ankle injury during the third quarter of last Sunday's matchup against the Tennessee Titans; he was initially ruled questionable to return, but did not end up getting back on the field; he did not participate in practice this week on Wednesday or Thursday. With Moore II out Sunday against the Buccaneers, look for Marvell Tell III, Quincy Wilson and, depending on his injury status, Rock Ya-Sin, to get added snaps at cornerback opposite starter Pierre Desir, while safety Rolan Milligan has also played snaps at nickel cornerback. The Colts also have two cornerbacks — Picasso Nelson Jr. and Jackson Porter — on their practice squad, if needed.
» Vinatieri reported feeling pain in his left, non-kicking knee prior to last Sunday's matchup against the Tennessee Titans, which did not improve by Wednesday's first practice of the week; he was listed on the team’s injury report Wednesday for the first time all year as a limited participant, and did not participate on Thursday. The team on Wednesday claimed rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers just in case Vinatieri wasn't able to play Sunday against the Buccaneers; in seven games played this season between the Los Angeles Chargers and 49ers, McLaughlin has converted 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) of his field goal attempts, and has hit all 15 of his extra-point tries.
» Hooker (foot) initially appeared on the injury report on Wednesday; he was a limited participant that day, did not participate on practice on Thursday and was a full participant on Friday. If Hooker is limited or is ruled out Sunday against the Buccaneers, look for Clayton Geathers, Rolan Milligan and George Odum to get added snaps opposite starter Khari Willis at safety.
» Ya-Sin first appeared on the injury report this week with an ankle issue on Thursday, when he was labeled as a limited participant; he did not practice on Friday, meanwhile. The rookie corner also missed the Colts' Week 12 game against the Houston Texans with an ankle injury suffered the week prior against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Ya-Sin is limited or out Sunday against the Buccaneers, look for Marvell Tell III and Quincy Wilson to get added snaps at cornerback; the Colts also have two cornerbacks — Picasso Nelson Jr. and Jackson Porter — on their practice squad, if needed.
EXPECTED TO PLAY
» Campbell suffered a fractured right hand late in the Colts' Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers; he subsequently underwent surgery, forcing him to miss the team's next four games against the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. The 2019 second-round pick out of Ohio State was back to being a full participant in practice this week, though. If Campbell is limited or misses his fifth straight game, then look for Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Ashton Dulin and Chad Williams to get added snaps at wide receiver; the team also has Malik Henry on its practice squad if needed.
» Mack suffered a fractured right hand during the third quarter of the Colts' Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, an injury that required surgery the following day and kept him off the field the next two weeks against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. He returned to the practice field Wednesday as a limited participant, and was a full participant during Thursday's practice. If Mack is limited or misses his third straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers, look for Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams to continue getting added reps at running back; the team also has Darius Jackson on its practice squad if needed.
Here is Friday's practice report, with their designation for Sunday's game (if applicable):
» DNP: DT/DE Denico Autry (not injury related; rest); T Anthony Castonzo (not injury related; rest); S Clayton Geathers (not injury related; rest); WR T.Y. Hilton (calf; out); DE Justin Houston (not injury related; rest); LB Darius Leonard (not injury related; rest); CB Kenny Moore II (ankle; out); K Adam Vinatieri (left knee; out); CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle; questionable)
» Limited: N/A
» Full: TE Mo Alie-Cox (thumb); WR Parris Campbell (hand); S Malik Hooker (foot; questionable); RB Marlon Mack (hand)