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T.Y. Hilton still has a chance to play on Thursday Night Football

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton appears set to be a game-time decision for Week 12. We break down the fantasy football implications.

T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball after a catch in the game against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images


UPDATE: Hilton thinks he is good to go for Thursday Night Football, according to James Palmer. Inactives are posted at approximately 6:50 p.m., at which point we’ll know for sure if he is going to play against the Texans. If Hilton is active, he is a must start in Week 12 against a shaky Texans secondary.

The Indianapolis Colts face the Houston Texans on a short week in Week 12, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is pushing to return from a calf injury. He sat out Colts practice on Monday and Tuesday and has not practiced since suffering the injury in the lead up to Week 9.

On Tuesday, Hilton and head coach Frank Reich discussed the potential for him to play this Thursday. Hilton feels ready to return, but he told the media, “It’s up the doctors and Frank (Reich) and Chris (Ballard).” he said that if he checks all the boxes with himself and the doctors and trainers, Reich and Ballard would have the final say on if he plays.

Colts reporter Mike Chappell noted that the team sees Hilton as a particularly quick healer when it comes to injuries.

“This guy is weird. He’s like a freakish healer,’’ Reich said recently. “He doesn’t say a lot. He just kind of figures out how to do it.

“So I don’t even ask. I mean, I do, I’m obviously the coach, and I want to know. Just, ‘Whatever that is that you do to get better, let’s just go ahead and do it and let us know when you can play.’’’

Fantasy football analysis: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton

This week represents a great matchup for Hilton if he plays. The Texans defense is not good, and has struggled against quality wide outs. He’d be a strong starting option if he is active for the game, but it sounds like he could end up a game-time decision. The Thursday game means you can take this all the way up until inactives without worrying about the roster spot the rest of the week.

In the meantime, Zach Pascal would be a great start if Hilton were sidelined, but even still a solid enough start if Hilton played. This game should be a shootout, which bodes well for fantasy options across the board.