The Indianapolis Colts are squaring off with the Houston Texans in Week 12. That's a major matchup between AFC South teams. Both are 6-4 and standing atop the division.
With this being such an important game, Indianapolis will want to be at full strength, or at least as close to full strength as possible.
That means having their star wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton, available. The problem is, he has not played since Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.
However, there is some good news. The wide receiver is expecting to play in Week 12.
On T.Y. Hilton, who is questionable with a calf, he believes he’s good to go. I'm told Colts don’t have any issue with him not practicing and playing. My understanding is the Texans have game planned for him to play and expect him to do so.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 21, 2019
So not only does Hilton plan on playing, the Texans are game planning for it, as they expect him to play as well. That really sounds like he's going to be on the field.
Hilton is one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the NFL. He very well might be one of the most underrated as well. Many people see Hilton as a simple deep threat. However, he brings a lot to the table.
What's frustrating is, he was having a great year outside of the injuries.
In six games this season, Hilton has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns. He's still number one on the team in receptions and touchdowns, and is only four yards behind Zach Pascal (364 yards) for the team lead in that category as well.
Having Hilton back completely changes the complexion of this Indianapolis offense. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett once again has a serious threat to get the ball to.
That's even more important now that star running back Marlon Mack is expected to miss some time with an injury of his own (fractured hand).
The Colts need this win in Week 12 to truly claim the AFC South lead. It looks like Hilton will be there to help.