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While nearly twenty-percent of the active roster for the Colts was either limited or absent in practice on Wednesday, things returned to normal today. That was expected after the team played on Monday Night Football (an overtime game, nonetheless) yet had to turn around and begin preparations for their game this Sunday against the Denver Broncos, and indeed several players returned to practice today - including quarterback Andrew Luck.
Other players, though, were still either limited or not practicing with injuries, most notably wide receiver T.Y. Hilton - who's status for Sunday's game is legitimately in doubt. Here's today's full practice report, followed by some notes.
Did Not Practice:
Phillip Dorsett, WR (ankle)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (foot)
Nate Irving, ILB (knee)
Khaled Holmes, C (neck)
Winston Guy, S (shoulder)
Darius Butler, CB (foot)
Andrew Luck, QB (ankle)
Vontae Davis, CB (rest Wednesday)
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB (rest Wednesday)
Andre Johnson, WR (rest Wednesday)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest Wednesday)
After he was limited in practice yesterday with an ankle injury, Andrew Luck was back to being a full participant today, which is good news for the team. Cornerback Darius Butler also returned to being a full participant today after being limited yesterday, so that's a positive sign for him as well. Starting center Khaled Holmes was limited for the second straight day after missing Monday's game, so while it's a positive sign that he's practicing somewhat, his status for this Sunday still isn't certain since he hasn't returned to being a full participant.
The most notable injury that we're keeping an eye on is that of T.Y. Hilton, who according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer was still in a walking boot today, missing his second straight day of practice. His status is very much in doubt for this Sunday's game against the Broncos as he deals with a foot injury that has him day to day. Hilton hasn't been great this year, but he still is fifth in the NFL in targets and leads the Colts in receptions, yards, yards per catch, 20+ yard receptions, yards after the catch, and receiving first downs - so let's realize that it would be a significant loss if he can't go. With the bye week coming up after this weekend's game, however, it might make sense for the Colts to sit Hilton for this one. He has been hampered by lingering injuries this year, and that may have been the result of rushing back too quickly to play in week two. That's just speculation on my part, but if I were the Colts, I'd consider resting Hilton this Sunday so that he can then have the bye week to recover as well, giving him enough time to get better and then hopefully be even more effective during the second half of the season. We'll see what the Colts end up deciding to do, but as of right now Hilton's status is very uncertain for Sunday's game against the Broncos.