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Colts rookie Parris Campbell inactive for Indy’s first preseason game

Parris Campbell

The Indianapolis Colts will be without one of their most prominent new additions in the preseason. Rookie second-round pick and wide receiver Parris Campbell will be inactive against the Buffalo Bills tonight, the team announced.

Campbell has missed multiple training camp sessions due to a lingering hamstring injury. He’s missed practices as late as Monday and was unable to get right for the preseason opener.

Hailing from Ohio State, Campbell is on the verge of attaining the No. 3 job in Indianapolis behind T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess. At the NFL Combine, he wowed scouts to the tune of a wide receiver-best 4.31 second 40-yard-dash. He also measured in at 6-foot-0 and 205 pounds, and recorded a 40-inch vertical and 135-inch broad jump.

Campbell tallied 143 receptions for 1,768 yards and 15 touchdowns as a Buckeye. Most came in his senior year, paired up with Dwayne Haskins. In 2018, he recorded 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns

In his limited time at Colts training camp, head coach Frank Reich is impressed. Last week, Campbell wowed Reich with two back-to-back plays in the red zone.

He said, via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra:

“The two plays he made in the red zone today weren’t hybrid, gadget slot receiver-type plays. They were legit NFL I’m-gonna-be-a-stud-receiver plays. Ran two phenomenal routes, made two big plays in the red zone. Everything we’ve seen so far has been a very positive sign.

Hopefully, Campbell will be able to get his hamstring on track to play next week. The Colts expect him to be a dynamic force in an equally as dynamic offense.