Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton left today’s game against the Bills after suffering a knee injury, and owner Jim Irsay told reporters, including Mike Chappell of CBS 4 (Twitter link), that Hilton is expected to miss several weeks. Meanwhile, a source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (Twitter link) that Hilton “should be fine”, but that he will undergo an MRI.
The two reports aren’t mutually exclusive, as Hilton could still be “fine” even if he is sidelined for a few weeks. Indy’s hope, obviously, is that Hilton didn’t suffer a serious injury that will force him out for an extended period of time. The Colts do have the receiver depth to cover for a Hilton injury, though, especially if it’s only for a short period of time. Andre Johnson would step in as the club’s No. 1 pass-catcher, while Donte Moncrief and rookie Phillip Dorsett could see expanded roles.
Still, losing Hilton for any period of time will certainly hurt. The 25-year-old caught 82 passes for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts, inking a five-year, $65MM extension earlier this year.