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Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton going through concussion protocol

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According to head coach Chuck Pagano, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is currently going through the NFL's concussion protocol.

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The Colts emerged from Saturday night's preseason game with a couple of injuries of note, most significantly the ankle injury to Arthur Jones.  We don't know the severity of that yet, but it's not sounding promising.  Running back Josh Robinson also suffered a concussion during the game and is going through the league's concussion protocol.

It turns out, however, that Robinson isn't the only Colts player going through the protocol this week.  Head coach Chuck Pagano said today that the reason why wide receiver T.Y. Hilton missed practice today is because he too is going through the league's concussion protocol.  Hilton was evaluated after the game on Saturday night.

Of course, Hilton wasn't expected to play on Thursday night anyway, so he will have time to recover and go through the process.  The Colts open at Buffalo in thirteen days, so the hope is that Hilton will be ready to go by then.  Of course, with concussions we never know how soon a player will be able to return, but we can only hope that it won't be an issue that prevents Hilton from playing in week one.

Hilton is the team's top wide receiver and recently was given a large five-year contract extension - one that was well-deserved, at that.  The Colts have plenty of wide receiver talent but having to play without Hilton would be a huge loss regardless.  It's way too early to think about that right now, however, as it's entirely possible (and, perhaps, probable) that Hilton could return by week one.

If you're looking for some good injury news, tight end Coby Fleener and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett both returned to practice for the Colts today.