After suffering a knee bruise in last weekend's loss to the Buffalo Bills, the status of Colts star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been very much up in the air over the past week. It was thought he might miss a game or two with the injury, but he will be a game-time decision tonight on Monday Night Football against the Jets. And according to Pro Football Talk, it sounds like Hilton is expected to play.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Per source, Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) is expected to play tonight. He's officially listed as questionable.</p>— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/645998836784218112">September 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
On Saturday, Chuck Pagano said that he was "even more" optimistic that Hilton would play, saying that the receiver "looked good" and "moved around well" as a limited participant in Saturday's practice. Hilton was happy that it's a Monday night game, as he said that, "It's a great thing that it is on Monday. And it's Monday night so I get most of that day so I feel good. I feel confident that we should come to something."
There's nothing official yet, as Hilton will still have to test the knee out pre-game and see how it responds, but it's a good sign that there already is a report that he will play. And honestly, even if he's not 100%, if he can go without further injuring himself, it would be worth when taking Darrelle Revis into the equation. If Hilton goes, it's likely that Revis will be on the team's top wideout, meaning that Hilton's production might have been limited anyway. But the impact that he could have simply by taking away Revis from the other receivers could be worth noting, and thus it could be a benefit to the Colts to have Hilton out there even if he's not making a ton of catches. Of course, though, he has to check out physically and make sure that he's actually ready to play, as it's only a week two regular season game.
We'll keep our eye on the situation as the game approaches as T.Y. Hilton is a game-time decision, but it's looking more and more likely that we could see Hilton out there tonight on Monday Night Football.