T.Y. Hilton injures hamstring

Colts' No. 1 wide receiver has left hamstring wrapped after late exit from Sunday's 17-10 home victory over Houston.

Indianapolis Colts No. 1 wide receiver T.Y. Hilton exited Sunday’s 17-10 victory over Houston with a hamstring injury.

Hilton had his left hamstring wrapped at game’s end, when the Colts celebrated their second consecutive AFC South Division title at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Asked if he will be OK, Hilton said, “I hope so. I’ll know more after I go get an MRI and talk with the doctors.”

In a rather defensive game, Hilton had four catches for 50 yards. The third-year pro leads the team with 82 receptions for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Colts (10-4) assured themselves of at least a wild-card home playoff game on Jan. 3 or 4 with the victory over the Texans (7-7). And it’s unlikely the Colts overtake New England (11-3) or Denver (11-3) for one of AFC’s top two seeds — the Patriots and Broncos own the head-to-head tiebreaker and would need to lose twice with the Colts winning twice for the seeding to change.

That could mean Hilton gets extra time off to heal in the regular season’s final two weeks. The Colts are at Dallas next Sunday and at Tennessee in the finale.

“I think right now our main thing is to get hot going into January,” Hilton said of the Colts’ fourth consecutive win. “Right now, we’re on a streak, and going into Dallas we want to continue that streak.”

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on his weekly Monday radio show that the team would play to win these last two games, even if a playoff berth was secured, but alluded to playing it smart with players nursing injuries.

Hilton dominated the Texans in the previous meeting with nine receptions for a season-high 223 yards and one score on Oct. 9. This time, Houston was determined to take the speedy target out of as many plays as possible with constant double teams.

“They were real hard,” Hilton said. “We knew they were going to give their best shot and they delivered. There are some difficult Texas teams. Every time we play them, it’s a battle. They did a real good job today.”

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