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Devin Funchess returning to practice with T.Y. Hilton still sidelined

The Colts are shorthanded at wide receiver, but they will Devin Funchess back to practice in Week 11 as he works back from IR. We break down the fantasy football implications.

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Devin Funchess of the Indianapolis Colts can’t come down with the catch while pursued by Brandon Facyson of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for a Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they expect wide receiver Devin Funchess to return to the practice field, per beat writer Jim Ayello. Funchess has been on IR since breaking his collarbone in Week 1.

Funchess has been eligible to practice in recent weeks, but was not yet fully recovered. He has since been cleared to practice, but head coach Frank Reich told the media he still has some “boxes to check” before he will be able to play.

“Technically, he could be cleared to play the game,” Reich said of Funchess, a 2019 free agent acquisition. “But he’s got a few more boxes to check. We have to make sure he’s good to go because this will really be his first week of practice. Then we still have to see how much he’ll be able to do Wednesday. We’re really encouraged. I think there’s another box he has to check before we can go full boar on the practice.”

Reich did not have an update on T.Y. Hilton, per Ayello. The Colts first practice participation report will arrive Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy football analysis: Colts WRs T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess

Both receivers appear unlikely to play in Week 11, but the injury reports will give us a better handle on things. If they are absent, Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers remain the top two receivers for either Brian Hoyer or Jacoby Brissett. Neither is a viable fantasy option for the time being as long as Hoyer is starting. In Week 10, Pascal had two receptions for 26 yards and Rogers had two receptions for 31 yards. Pascal could regain a little bit of value when Brissett returns.

Tight end Eric Ebron led the team with five receptions for 56 yards and Jack Doyle had three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown. Tight ends are where the value is at for now.