INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said today that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Marlon Mack have been ruled out of Sunday's Week 13 matchup against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Four other players — tight end Mo Alie-Cox, wide receiver Parris Campbell, safety Khari Willis and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin — are questionable, meanwhile.
» 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 Thursday that Hilton suffered a setback with his calf during Wednesday's practice and had been ruled out this Sunday against the Titans; he is now considered week-to-week. With Hilton out, look for Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, Marcus Johnson and Ashton Dulin to continue getting added snaps at wide receiver; the team also has Chad Williams on its practice squad if needed. The wild card could be the availability of rookie wide receiver Parris Campbell, who is hoping to make his return to the lineup after suffering a broken hand Nov. 3 against the Steelers.
» 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. Reich had already ruled Mack out of this Sunday's game against the Titans on Monday, and the third-year running back did not participate in practice this week; the team is yet to release a timetable for his return. With Mack out Sunday, the Colts will continue to turn to Jonathan Williams, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the backfield; the team also has running back Darius Jackson on its practice squad if needed.
» Alie-Cox suffered a thumb injury in the second half of the Colts' Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and didn't return to that ballgame, although he was able to play last Thursday night against the Houston Texans, logging 20 offensive and three special teams snaps. The second-year tight end did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday. If he is limited or unable to play this Sunday against the Titans, then look for Jack Doyle and the recently-signed Ross Travis and Matt Lengel to get added snaps at tight end; the team also has Ian Bunting on its practice squad if needed.
» 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 three games against the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. The 2019 second-round pick out of Ohio State was a limited participant all three days of practice this week, however, as Reich expressed a desire to see how Campbell would be able to perform with added protection to his hand before making a decision about his status for this Sunday against the Titans. Reich said today that, "I'm not so sure (Campbell's) gonna make it this week, but we're gonna wait another day to make that decision." If Campbell is limited or misses his fourth straight game, then look for Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, Marcus Johnson and Ashton Dulin to continue getting added snaps at wide receiver; the team also has Chad Williams on its practice squad if needed.
» Willis suffered a concussion in the Colts' Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, causing him to miss last Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans — the rookie's first missed contest of the season. Willis has been able to work his way through the league's concussion protocol since that time, however; he was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, and a full participant on Thursday and Friday. Asked today if Willis was still in the concussion protocol, Reich said: "He's still in protocol, but we're hopeful he'll pass here in a little bit." If Willis is limited or has to miss a second straight game this Sunday against the Titans, then look for Clayton Geathers, Rolan Milligan and George Odum to get added snaps at safety alongside starter Malik Hooker.
» Ya-Sin suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter of the Colts' Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars; after initially being labeled questionable to return, he was eventually downgraded to out for the rest of the contest, and would then miss his first game of the season last Thursday night against the Houston Texans. The 2019 second-round pick out of Temple was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, was limited on Thursday and the back to a full participant by Friday. If Ya-Sin is limited or out for a second straight game this Sunday against the Titans, look for Marvell Tell III and Quincy Wilson to get added snaps at corner alongside starters Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II; the team also has two cornerbacks — Picasso Nelson Jr. and Jackson Porter — 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); RB Marlon Mack (hand; out)
» Limited: WR Parris Campbell (hand; questionable)
» Full: TE Mo Alie-Cox (thumb; questionable); G Quenton Nelson (hip); DE Jabaal Sheard (not injury related; rest); S Khari Willis (concussion; questionable); CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle; questionable)