UPDATE: Jacoby Brissett has not forgotten about T.Y. Hilton! The two connected on a short five-yard pass early in the second quarter.
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed back wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for Week 12 Thursday Night Football, but it is looking like a limited night for the star pass catcher vs. the Houston Texans. Through one quarter, Hilton has six snaps, according to Colts beat writer Mike Chappell. The Colts had 12 total offensive snaps in their two first quarter drives.
Hilton was not targeted in the passing game in the first quarter. In that quarter, Jonathan Williams was targeted twice and had two receptions for 12 yards, Nyheim Hines caught his one target for a five-yard reception, and Eric Ebron caught one of two targets for three yards.
Hilton was sidelined the past three weeks with a calf injury suffered in Week 8. He was listed as a DNP in practice Monday and Tuesday, and then a full participant on Wednesday. All three reports were estimates because the practices were walkthroughs, so technically he didn’t get in any real full practices this past week.
There’s plenty of football left, but so far this is looking like a bit of a bust for Hilton. Both defenses are playing fairly well, although the Texans just took a 3-0 lead after a decent drive stalled out in the red zone. We’ll have to wait and see if Hilton can turn limited snaps into some productivity as this game moves on.