Colts Tuesday Notebook: T.Y. Hilton, Pierre Desir Uncertain On Availability For Texans Game

Colts Tuesday Notebook: T.Y. Hilton, Pierre Desir Uncertain On Availability For Texans Game

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Colts Tuesday Notebook: T.Y. Hilton, Pierre Desir Uncertain On Availability For Texans Game

The Colts had their final on-field work of the week on Tuesday afternoon. What did we learn from the Colts on this short week?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are not saying if they will have two of their most important players for Thursday’s tilt in Houston.

Both WR-T.Y. Hilton (calf) and CB-Pierre Desir (hamstring) are critically important to what the Colts will want to do against the Texans, and neither are a guarantee to play.

Hilton has missed 3 straight games after injuring his calf in practice on Wednesday, October 30th.

The Colts originally thought Hilton would be out 3-to-4 weeks, with this Wednesday marking the third week.

On Tuesday, Hilton said that he feels like he can play on Thursday, but he still needs clearance from Chris Ballard/Frank Reich and the team’s medical staff.

“I don’t need practice,” Hilton, who hasn’t practiced in 3 weeks, said on Tuesday. “It’s how my body feels. If I feel good and all the boxes are checked, then I go. If 3 of the 4 boxes are checked, then I don’t go. So all 4 have to be checked for me to play.”

When Hilton first went down in a non-contact incident back on October 30th, the star receiver thought his season was done.

“Freak accident,” Hilton said of in practice injury. “I was just running a route like I normally would. I ran it and (the turf) got me. I thought my season was over.”

The Colts have not had Hilton participating in their first two walk-throughs of the week.

Unlike Hilton, Desir has participated in both walk-through sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Desir, who has had a huge responsibility in trying to limit DeAndre Hopkins in prior meetings, has missed 4 straight games and has practiced just 3 times in the team’s last 15 practices, but there’s still hope he can give it a go on Thursday.

The veteran corner calls himself ‘a game-time decision’ for Thursday’s contest against the Colts.

Even though Desir has missed so much game action as of late, he’s often tested out his hamstring throughout the week to see if he could play. He hasn’t been completely out of on-field work.

“It’s been like that for a couple of weeks, just testing it out, seeing where I am,” Desir said on Tuesday. “Just making sure that I’m comfortable to go out there. I don’t want to go out there and hurt the team. Just testing it, taking it day-by-day to see if I’m ready.”

Desir said he wasn’t 100 percent during his last game played, which was against the Texans. He said Week 3 is the only time he’s been fully healthy this season.

What else did we learn from the Colts’ final media availability of the week?

  • We know Marlon Mack has fractured his hand and will miss some time, but how much is to be determined. On Tuesday, Frank Reich says the Colts have not discussed Mack going on injured reserve.
  • Whether it’s the return of Darius Leonard, the stifling red zone defense or the further adapting of Matt Eberflus’ scheme, Frank Reich LOVES how that unit is playing right now. “Our defense right now is legit,” Reich said on Tuesday. “In my mind, we are one of the best defenses in the league playing right now.” Since losing to Oakland in Week Four, the Colts have seen just one opposing offense score more than 20 points. That was Houston, with 23 points in Week Seven.
  • When Frank Reich went back and watched the film of J.J. Watt from that first meeting, the Colts head coach marveled at how much No. 99 disrupted the game. Watt had 6 quarterback hits, which is an astonishing number for one individual player. He tormented the right side of the Colts’ O-line. Well, Watt’s 2019 season ended a few weeks ago after he tore his pectoral muscle. Without Watt, the Texans have allowed 6.61 yards per carry (which ranks 31st in the NFL, one spot ahead of the Jaguars, who the Colts just gashed). Back in Week 7, the Colts finished the game without a single first down rush and Marlon Mack averaged just 2.2 yards per carry. The loss of Watt is massive and should allow the Colts to help gain better control of the trenches this time around.
  • In case you missed it, this article details just how dramatic of a swing the Colts' playoff chances will take, depending on a win, or a loss, on Thursday night.
  • If T.Y. Hilton does play on Sunday, he will be back in a stadium that he absolutely owns. Look at the difference in how Hilton has played against the Texans at home: 8 games, 41 catches, 586 yards, 14.29 per reception, 3 TDs; versus the road: 8 games, 46 catches, 1,018 yards, 22.13 per reception, 7 TDs. Hilton has absolutely torched the Texans in Houston throughout his career.
  • That late-game sack from Justin Houston against the Jaguars now has him with a sack in 6 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. Houston, who has been very healthy this season has 8.0 sacks on the year. The last double-digit sack season for Houston came in 2014. Back in that ’14 season finale, Houston had 4 sacks against a Frank Reich-led San Diego offense. “That year he had the 22 sacks, that last game he had 4 sacks, against a team that I was the offensive coordinator on,” Reich shared on Tuesday. “We were double and triple teaming him the whole game and he still got 4 sacks. We were literally doubling and tripling him and he still dominated. Playing against that team in the division for a few years, I just had a lot of respect for him. I didn’t understand how great of a leader he was. I just knew he was a great player. Chris (Ballard) was able to give me some insight on who he is as a man.” Reich added that Houston has become even more of a vocal leader for the Colts, with the veteran defensive end always breaking down the team huddle following pre-game warmups.
  • The 1-5 record for the Colts without Marlon Mack isn’t pretty. But it should be noted that 4 of those losses coming in 2018, when the Colts didn’t have Anthony Castonzo in the lineup either. When Mack missed 4 of the first 5 games last season, it was Jordan Wilkins carrying the heavy load of the carries. In those 4 games, Wilkins had 34 carries for 114 yards (3.4 yards per carry).
  • In Wilkins’ career, he’s had 87 carries for 501 rushing yards. His 5.8 yards per carry is an incredibly high number, especially with a solid sample size of 87 rushes.
  • If Jonathan Williams starts at running back on Thursday, it will be his first start since entering the NFL in 2016. Williams has played in 17 career games, with 45 carries for 211 yards (4.7 yards per carry). The last start for Williams came in college, in Arkansas’ Texas Bowl win over Texas on December 29th, 2014. Williams had 105 yards and 1 touchdown in that game.

TUESDAY INJURY REPORT (a walk-through, this report is an estimation had their been an actual practice

 

DNP: TE-Eric Ebron (ankle), WR-T.Y. Hilton (calf), RB-Marlon Mack (hand), CB-Rock Ya-Sin (ankle), CB-Shakial Taylor (ankle), S-Khari Willis (concussion)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: Ebron has missed the first two days of practice this week. If Ya-Sin can’t go, but Desir can, then the Colts likely cornerback trio would be Desir, Kenny Moore and Marvell Tell.

 

LIMITED: TE-Mo Alie-Cox: (thumb), WR-Parris Campbell (hand), CB-Pierre Desir (hamstring), RB-Jordan Wilkins (ankle)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: Wilkins said on Monday he expects to play against Houston. Campbell has said that he would not return to game action until December.

 

FULL: OT-Anthony Castonzo (toe), S-George Odum (shoulder)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: Castonzo was a DNP at Monday’s walk-through. Odum got hurt late in the win over Jacksonville, but was limited on Tuesday, after missing Monday’s walk-through.

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