INDIANAPOLIS — A Colts injury list that has seen plenty of movement this season is in the middle of another shuffle.
All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson, rookie defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo and second-year wide receiver Dezmon Patmon returned to practice Wednesday.
But wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, right tackle Braden Smith, cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, defensive end Kemoko Turay and others remain out of action as Indianapolis begins practicing in earnest for Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Hilton, who returned to the lineup after missing the first five games due to a neck injury, hurt his quadriceps on the final grab of a 4-catch, 80-yard performance on Sunday. The Colts aren’t ruling Hilton out for the game, but they want to see how the injury progresses.
“We want to be smart with T.Y.,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “We know what an impact he has. I mean, I’m not going to rule it out, I’m hoping he can play. We’ll just take it day by day with him.”
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Reich and Hilton initially indicated the wide receiver’s injury wasn’t all that serious.
“I need more time in a couple days to see how it plays out and how T.Y. responds,” Reich said. “I really trust T.Y. and our docs and trainers, I just don’t want to overcommit either way on him, especially.”
Colts could have put Braden Smith on injured reserve
Smith, who has not played since suffering a strained foot in the season opener, was seen on the field working with a trainer Wednesday for the first time in the past six weeks.
The big right tackle has been out long enough that the Colts could have put him on injured reserve, but the initial diagnosis did not indicate Smith would have to miss that much time, and Indianapolis wants him back in the lineup as soon as possible. He'd have to miss at least three games if he were placed on injured reserve.
“It’s just unfortunate how this one played out,” Reich said. “It seems like nine out of 10 times, our docs and trainers, when they give us estimates on time, they kind of give us a more conservative estimate. For whatever reason, this is that 1 in 10 time that took longer, rather than shorter. We just have to continue to be patient with it and get him ready when we can.”
Chris Reed, Mark Glowinski rotating at right guard
The good news is that it sounds as if Nelson is on the road back.
And when the Colts do get their All-Pro back on the left side, it will have ramifications on the right side. Mark Glowinski has played 2,861 snaps in a row at right guard, a streak that dates back to the end of the 2018 season and includes playoff games, but it sounds like that streak is about to come to a close.
“I think Quenton can be a quick return because of who he is and where he’s been,” Reich said. “If he makes it back this week, and it’s an if — I mean, there’s no guarantee— but if he makes it back, then the plan is obviously he’s playing left guard, and then we’d probably rotate Glow and Chris Reed at right guard. We just think Chris had played well.”
Patmon also might be able to play right away, although the Colts have 21 days to activate him off of injured reserve.
Colts Dayo Odeyingbo eligible to play Nov. 4
Odeyingbo, the second-round pick who has spent the first six weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list because of the torn Achilles tendon he suffered while preparing for the Senior Bowl in January, cannot return to the lineup for at least two more games.
Because he was placed on reserve/NFI to start the season, Odeyingbo had to be inactive for the first six weeks, and he must practice for at least two more weeks before returning to the team’s 53-man roster. The first game Odeyingbo would be eligible to play is Nov. 4 against the New York Jets.
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