As Week 1 approaches, the Indianapolis Colts’ injury issues continue.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters Wednesday that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had surgery to relieve a neck problem and will begin the season on injured reserve.
According to The Athletic, Ballard stated that Hilton will return “sooner rather than later” and that the veteran has already felt some comfort following the treatment. Hilton’s comeback date has not been set, but he will be on IR for at least three weeks.
After hurting his neck in practice last week, Hilton was expected to miss the start of the season. The 31-year-old did not play in any preseason games for the Colts.
The Colts’ injury-plagued summer is reflected in Hilton’s absence. With backup quarterback Jacob Eason leading the Colts into the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Carson Wentz, who is now on the reserve/COVID list, is still questionable to start after foot surgery. Quenton Nelson, an All-Pro guard, is also recovering from foot surgery.
In Hilton’s absence, a youthful receiving corps with plenty of promise will step up. Michael Pittman, a second-year wide receiver, is the primary target, with Parris Campbell, Ashton Dulin, Dezmon Patmon, and newcomer Mike Strachan filling in as needed. Before being allowed to participate, veteran Zach Pascal must be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
While Hilton’s absence will be noticed early in the season, the Colts can rest assured that their top receiver will return at some time.