T.Y. Hilton Needs 'a Few Months' of Rest for Ankle Injury, Will Avoid Surgery

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2019

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) adjusts his helmet before an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton told reporters Saturday he will not need surgery on his injured ankle.

“I finally get to rest,” Hilton said following the Colts' AFC Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. “It needs rest.”

Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan noted Hilton will need a "few months" to recover.

“I’ve got a low and a high ankle sprain on one ankle,” Hilton said. “I’m dealing with two injuries in one, which is pretty tough.”

Hilton recorded 60 yards and a touchdown on four receptions against the Chiefs despite being obviously bothered by his ankle, which he originally hurt Dec. 9. He played through the injury in the final three games of the regular season and Colts' two postseason contests.

“I dealt with it,” Hilton said. “I gave the team everything I had.”

Hilton finished the 2018 season with 76 receptions for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns. His 14 games played were a career low, and it's a testament to his talent he was able to put up those numbers despite seemingly appearing on the injury report every week.

Hilton and the Colts would have loved to win Saturday and have their star wideout continue gutting it out all the way to the Super Bowl, but this result might wind up being best for his long-term health. 

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