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Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton out indefinitely with disk injury

Reich was adamant that the team was doing everything it could to help Hilton heal.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will open this season without receiver T.Y. Hilton or third-string quarterback Sam Ehlinger because of injuries. 

Coach Frank Reich says Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowler, will be out indefinitely with a disk injury in his neck or back. 

"He will miss some games," Reich said. "We don’t know exactly how many. We’re optimistic it’s not season-ending – so we don’t know exactly how many games.”

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) handles the ball during pregame warmups prior to the start of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 in Minneapolis. Indianapolis won 12-10.

He aggravated the injury during Wednesday's final training camp practice when he caught a ball and took a big hit. The trainers checked Hilton out, and he was able to get up on his own and return to practice. The team said the play aggravated an existing injury. 

Reich was adamant that the team was doing everything it could to help Hilton heal.

"We’ve got all the right people on it, and we’ll just continue to meet with the doctors, work with their cue and move forward accordingly," Reich said.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) in action against the Detroit Lions during an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Detroit.

Reich also provided an update on Ehlinger's injury. Ehlinger suffered a sprained knee in the first half of Friday's preseason finale. 

For the team and Ehlinger, the sprain was a relief because it wouldn't force Ehlinger to end his season before it really began. 

"We’re very happy about that, very, very happy about that as a team, very happy about that for Sam. So it won’t be season-ending, he won’t need surgery," Reich said. 

Reich also says starting quarterback Carson Wentz and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson are expected to have no limitations at practice this week. Both had foot surgery earlier this month.