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Coach Chuck Pagano said T.Y. Hilton (questionable, hamstring) will only play if he's 100 percent and can be himself.

Hilton didn't practice all week and is on the doubtful side of his questionable tag. He'll be a game-time decision, but it would be surprising if he plays. Donte Moncrief will see an expanded role opposite Reggie Wayne if Hilton is held out.
Dec 20 - 9:01 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes "it would be surprising" if T.Y. Hilton (questionable, hamstring) played Sunday at Dallas.

The Colts have already locked up the AFC South. From a postseason standpoint, the only reason they'd want to ensure a win in Sunday's game would be to avoid the No. 4 seed, which could end up as trip to New England in the Divisional Round. If the Colts are going to do anything in the playoffs, however, they need Hilton's hamstring healthy first and foremost. He's on the doubtful side of his questionable tag for Sunday's game at JerryWorld.
Dec 19 - 3:14 PM

Updating a previous item, T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) stated "I don't know" when asked if he will play Sunday against the Cowboys.

It's a red flag because players are typically overly optimistic about their own odds of playing. "I don't know," conceded Hilton, who did not practice all week. "I'm going to go talk to Coach. Did some field work. I feel all right. So I'm going to go talk to him and see what's up." Hilton is officially a game-time decision, but we're still guessing he won't play. "If our conversation goes well and (Pagano) wants me to play, then I'll play," T.Y. added. "If not, I'll sit out."
Dec 19 - 2:28 PM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, questionable) told reporters Friday afternoon that he feels "50-50" to play Sunday at Dallas.

Per beat writer Stephen Holder, Hilton's words were "cryptic." The Colts have very little to gain by pushing Hilton to play against the Cowboys, and much more to gain if he's 100 percent for the playoffs. We're just speculating, but would bet against Hilton being active at Dallas. Reggie Wayne and Donte Moncrief would then likely be Indianapolis' starters in two-wide sets.
Dec 19 - 1:39 PM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Coach Chuck Pagano cautioned to not count Hilton out for Sunday despite him not practicing at all this week. Hilton worked off to the side with trainers on Friday. Beat writer Mike Chappell is "convinced" Hilton won't play, but we're unlikely to get a definitive answer before Sunday. The Colts have already clinched the AFC South and have little chance at a first-round bye. They may choose to play it safe with their No. 1 receiver. It wouldn't be smart to risk Hilton to further injury.
Dec 19 - 12:46 PM

Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis is "convinced" T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) will not play Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Chappell has been covering the Colts for 30 years. His opinion is worthy of taking note. Hilton hasn't practiced at all this week and wasn't present again Friday. If he sits, Donte Moncrief should see a major boost in snaps. With Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks lacking any semblance of separation skills, Moncrief and Coby Fleener could hog targets against the Cowboys' weak pass defense.
Dec 19 - 11:48 AM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was held out of Colts practice Thursday.

It's a concern after the Colts said they tentatively expected Hilton back on the practice field Thursday. Given that they've already clinched the AFC South yet can't realistically earn a first-round bye, it's possible they'll exercise caution with their stud No. 1 wideout. If Hilton does sit against Dallas, Donte Moncrief and even Hakeem Nicks would be worth a look as streamers. Reggie Wayne (triceps) could be on a snap count.
Dec 18 - 12:10 PM

The Indy Star suggests Reggie Wayne (triceps) might have his snap count reduced over the final two weeks of the regular season.

The Colts already backed off Wayne a bit in Weeks 14 and 15, playing him on just 75.6 percent of the snaps. Now they've clinched the AFC South and have almost no shot at a first-round bye. So resting Wayne in order to get him 100 percent for the Wild Card game makes plenty of sense. Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks will have roles against the Cowboys Sunday, with Moncrief ticketed for far more snaps.
Dec 18 - 9:29 AM

T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

It's not a major concern. Yet. Hilton is reportedly aiming to be on the field Thursday. He tweaked his hamstring in Sunday's win over the Texans. Hilton's MRI on Monday came back clean. His status will be updated again Thursday.
Dec 17 - 12:19 PM

T.Y. Hilton's (hamstring) MRI came back clean on Monday and he "hopes" to practice on Wednesday.

Hilton tweaked the hamstring during Sunday's win over the Texans, though it wasn't noticeable during the game. Keep an eye on the situation throughout this week. On the off chance Hilton can't play Sunday against Dallas, the Colts would turn to Hakeem Nicks and rookie Donte Moncrief for big roles.
Dec 15 - 4:14 PM

Donte Moncrief out-snapped Hakeem Nicks 36-22 in the Week 15 win over the Texans.

It represented a dip from Week 14, however, when Moncrief out-snapped Nicks 50-18. Moncrief was targeted just three times against Houston, failing to reel in any of the passes and posting a goose egg. There are simply too many mouths to feed in the Colts' offense. The only way Moncrief's targets will rise is if an injury occurs. And that may have happened Sunday with T.Y. Hilton tweaking his hamstring late. He's going for an MRI on Monday. If Hilton is forced to miss time, Moncrief would seem to be the biggest beneficiary for Week 16.
Dec 15 - 10:12 AM

T.Y. Hilton tweaked his hamstring during Sunday's win over the Texans.

We didn't notice it during the game and Hilton appeared to finish without missing any time. But he was very quiet after a three-catch first quarter, perhaps limited by this hamstring tweak. When asked if he will be OK afterward, Hilton said, "I hope so. I'll know more after I go get an MRI and talk with the doctors." The Colts have a tasty matchup at Dallas in Week 16. If Hilton rests, Donte Moncrief would get a big boost in both snaps and target volume.
Dec 14 - 8:12 PM

Dwayne Allen caught two passes for 16 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Texans.

Andrew Luck ripped a pass into a very tight window to Allen for a 3-yard TD in the second quarter. It's the kind of play he needs to stay on the TE1 radar. Of course, Allen has been a red-zone monster for much of the year, scoring eight times in 12 games. He'll have a reasonable shot at finding the end zone against a Cowboys defense that is not good against tight ends in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 4:56 PM

Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Texans.

Wayne played through his bumps and bruises, setting a franchise record for games played as a Colt with 209. But he once again was a liability, losing a fumble and failing to separate or do anything after the catch. If the Colts were smart, they'd rest Wayne ahead of the playoffs.
Dec 14 - 4:47 PM

Coby Fleener caught two passes for 32 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Texans.

Fleener saw five targets on the day, dropping two and not sitting in his route on another. That failure to recognize the coverage resulted in an Andrew Luck pick-6. Fleener's inefficiency is hard to stomach now that Dwayne Allen (2-16-1 on four targets) is back health. There's not enough volume.
Dec 14 - 4:42 PM

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