Late in the second half of Thursday night’s game, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton made an incredible catch. He took a hard hit to the shoulder almost immediately after catching it, hung on, and hit the turf hard. It set the Colts up at the two yard line for their eventual fourth down failure, and on the play Hilton was injured.
He stayed down on the field for a while before then walking off gingerly, as plenty of Colts and Steelers came out to wish him well. After a few minutes he was then taken to the locker room, but he returned to start the second half. On the very first play of the half the Colts threw a four-yard pass to Hilton, but soon after that he headed to the sidelines, went to the bench, and is now out for the game with a back injury.
It wasn’t the best first half for Hilton as he had previously dropped a pass that would have very likely been a touchdown, but he still caught three passes for 54 yards in the game before exiting very early in the third quarter. He’s done for the day, however, which means that if Scott Tolzien hopes to lead a comeback he’ll need to do so without the team’s top wideout.
In addition to Hilton, cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) and center Ryan Kelly (shoulder) are both out for the rest of the game as well with injuries suffered in the first half. So the Colts are now without their top wide receiver, top cornerback, and top offensive lineman - while already playing without their best player (Andrew Luck) and a good safety as well (in Clayton Geathers).