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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are getting healthier, but still have ruled 5 guys out for Sunday’s contest with the Bills.


However, the offense is in line to have T.Y. Hilton back in the lineup, after the Pro Bowl wideout practiced all three days this week.


“We feel positive and pretty encouraged,” were Reich’s words on Friday about Hilton playing against the Bills.


“We are thinking there’s a good chance.”


As long as Hilton’s hamstring doesn’t flare up Saturday, expect him to return this weekend. As long as Hilton’s hamstring doesn’t flare up Saturday, he will return on Sunday, as he is not even listed as ‘questionable’ on the final injury report of the week. Hilton looked good during Friday’s final practice of the week.


A collective sigh of relief will go over the Colts offense with Hilton in the lineup.


“When he steps on the field, you just have confidence in him that he’s going to get open,” Reich says of the 7-year veteran.


“He’s got speed. He’s got instincts, great hands. And, probably most importantly, Andrew (Luck) just has so much confidence in him and feels like it’s going to be a completion every time he throws it to him.”


Here’s a look at the other notes and injuries from the Colts’ final day on the practice field in Week 7:


  • The Colts ruled out these 5 players on Friday: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), S-Clayton Geathers (neck/concussion), WR-Ryan Grant (ankle), and RB-Robert Turbin (shoulder).
  • Sunday will be the first game wide receiver Ryan Grant has ever missed in his 5-year career (70 games). Grant suffered an ankle injury in the second half of last week’s loss to the Jets and didn’t practice at all this week.
  • With Grant out, the Colts currently have 4 available receivers that could be ACTIVE on Sunday: T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal and newly signed Dontrelle Inman. Given Hilton could be on a pitch count on Sunday, the Colts will be a little tight at the receiver position. We will see if this situation might incline the Colts to call up one of their practice squad wideouts: Reece Fountain, Steve Ishmael and Krishawn Hogan (who was signed to the practice squad on Friday morning).
  • For now though, it sounds like the Colts are sticking with those 4 wideouts on the 53-man roster: “We’ve got to make it be enough,” Reich said after Friday’s practice. “In a perfect world, you would like to have one more because Dontrelle just got in. We can alter our personnel groups because of that and we will. That’s fairly easy to do and we got athletic tight ends so we can use them like that as well. We can mix it up and take some of the stress off the receivers by doing that.”
  • No Robert Turbin at practice this week, after injuring his shoulder against the Jets. Without Turbin, the Colts have these three running backs on their 53-man roster for Sunday: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Maybe the injury to Turbin opens up a few more carries for Wilkins, with Mack carrying the definite No. 1 load.
  • Clayton Geathers was back practicing on Friday, but he isn’t playing in Week 7. Geathers has now practiced three times since injuring his neck/suffering a concussion against the Patriots two weeks ago. With Geathers out, the Colts are expected to use new safety Mike Mitchell again in the starting lineup next to Malik Hooker. Frank Reich said on Friday that the reason for Geathers not playing in Week 7 isn’t because of needing to clear concussion protocol. “There’s a couple of issues there,” Reich said on holding Geathers out for a second straight week, without revealing specifics. “Just being precautious there.”
  • For the first time all season, the Colts didn’t have a single offensive lineman on the final injury report. The Colts are planning to have the same offensive line combination this week as they did against the Jets: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Quenton Nelson, C-Ryan Kelly, RG-Marc Glowinski and RT-Braden Smith. This will be just the second time all season that the Colts have had the same starting offensive line in consecutive games.
  • It’s looking like Jack Doyle won’t be back until after the team’s bye week (Nov. 10 vs. the Jaguars). Doyle (hip) has not played or practiced since Week Two. It’s hard to imagine Doyle practicing next week and that being enough for him to play against Oakland.
  • A major key for the Colts on Sunday will be protecting the ball. The Bills rank 5th in takeaways and are No. 1 in forced fumbles through the first six weeks of the season. Frank Reich said the Colts have placed an even bigger emphasis on protecting the ball this week.





OUT: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), S-Clayton Geathers (concussion/neck), WR-Ryan Grant (ankle), RB-Robert Turbin (shoulder)


QUESTIONABLE: CB-Arthur Maulet (hip), CB-Chris Milton (hamstring), TE-Erik Swoope (knee)


The following players have been removed from the injury report after being on it earlier in the week: OT-Denzelle Good (non-injury related), WR-T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring), DL-Margus Hunt (knee), LB-Darius Leonard (ankle), DT-Al Woods (rest).