T.Y. Hilton, Adam Vinatieri declared out for Colts in Week 14
The Indianapolis Colts are hoping to put an end to their two-game skid on the road versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. Unfortunately, they will be without a few of their key pieces on offense and special teams.
Head coach Frank Reich says wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and kicker Adam Vinatieri have been ruled out against the Bucs, via Stephen Holder of The Athletic:
Frank Reich: TY Hilton, Kenny Moore and Adam Vinatieri are OUT.
Parris Campbell and Marlon Mack will play, barring any setbacks.
Hilton’s absence has undoubtedly dealt a devastating blow to this offense as they continue to struggle to find their footing without him. The four-time Pro Bowler is now set to miss five of the last six games with a lingering calf injury. At this point, it will be interesting to see if the Colts ultimately opt to shut him down for the rest of the 2019 NFL season if they fail to contend for the postseason in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Vinatieri continues to recover from the knee injury he suffered in the loss versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 13. It is no secret that the 46-year-old has endured his fair share of struggles this season after going 17-of-25 on field goals on 22-of-28 on PATs.
Fortunately, the Colts were able to add a viable replacement off the waiver wire in kicker Chase McLaughlin. McLaughlin has hit 13-of-17 field-goal attempts and is 100 percent on extra points in seven games with the Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.