INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts know three of their seven inactives before heading down to Dallas this weekend.
The health of T.Y. Hilton will carry into Sunday afternoon as the third-year wide receiver is questionable after missing practice all week.
Here's a rundown of what Chuck Pagano and T.Y. Hilton had to say to the media on Sunday?
Chuck Pagano on if T.Y. Hilton will play this weekend:
"This guy's pretty special. Don't count him out."
Bowen's Analysis: Chuck Pagano was hush, hush committing on the availability of Hilton for the weekend. Hilton did not practice all week long, yet is still listed as questionable. In 2014, the Colts haven't had a player DNP all week and then play that following Sunday/Monday.
If Hilton is out on Sunday, that means a greater role for guys like Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief. Pagano was asked if a corresponding roster move involving a receiver would be needed if Hilton can't go. He didn't say that was necessary due to the versatility of the Colts skill players, specifically the tight ends.Chuck Pagano on the health of Gosder Cherilus:
"He's just fighting through some things, he's got a groin. He's not 100 percent so we felt like the best interest for him and the team would be to shut him down for this week."
Bowen's Analysis: A total of three offensive linemen have been ruled out for this weekend. Cherilus has battled injuries all year long and it looks like he falls in line with the "nagging" category. Pagano said he expects Cherilus to be good for the playoffs.
With Cherilus out of the lineup and Joe Reitz also ruled out, Xavier Nixon is the next tackle up. It was this time last year that Nixon, a 2013 undrafted free agent, filled in as a utility guard in the Colts road victory at Kansas City.T.Y. Hilton on how he feels:
"I feel 50-50, so I don't know."
Bowen's Analysis: Hilton followed in his head coach's line of thinking with keeping things close to the vest on Friday. The left hamstring of Hilton is the body part to watch in warmups on Sunday.
The biggest question regarding Hilton's health is the body part that is hindering him from practicing this week. Hilton's game is predicted on speed, change of gears and obviously the hamstring is major proponent of that. For example, a shoulder injury might not impact Hilton as much as the hamstring injury and his ability to stretch a defense.INJURY NOTES
Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:
-OUT- Gosder Cherilus (groin), Joe Reitz (ankle) and Hugh Thornton (knee).
-The Colts will be without three offensive linemen so look for Xavier Nixon (right tackle) and Lance Louis (right guard) to start this weekend.
-QUESTIONABLE- Vontae Davis (groin) and T.Y. Hilton (hamstring).
-These will be the due to watch going into Sunday. Davis was limited the last two days.
-PROBABLE- Josh Cribbs (rest), D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Erik Walden (knee) and Reggie Wayne (rest).
-Walden progressed from DNP on Wednesday, to limited on Thursday and a full participant Friday.