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T.Y. Hilton opens Colts training camp on NFI list

Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is recovering from a hamstring injury heading into training camp. We break down what it means.

 T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts waves to the crowd during warm up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts have opened training camp and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will not be on the field to kick things off. The team placed Hilton on their Active/Non-Football Injury list, according to reporter Michael Giardi.

Hilton is dealing with a hamstring injury, with Tom Pelissero reporting it came while doing some of his own training. Pelissero described it as “mild” and said Hilton “should be fine.” The receiver will need to pass a physical to come off the NFI list.

Even if it’s mild, the NFI list offers the Colts some flexibility if Hilton aggravates the injury further before coming off the list. If the Colts did not put him on the NFI list to open camp, they could not subsequently add him to the list. If the injury turned into a lengthy absence, they would not be able to later use the Reserve/NFI list as an option, so it makes sense to be conservative with Hilton for the time being.