Hilton, the Colts’ No. 1 wide receiver the past two seasons, caught a team-high three passes for 44 yards in Saturday’s 24-14 road victory at St. Louis.
The good news is Hilton has time to heal. The Colts typically don’t play starters in their preseason finale, which is Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The regular season opener is Sept. 13 at the Buffalo Bills.
Hilton, 25, signed a five-year, $65-million contract extension, including $39 million guaranteed, on Aug. 13. The former third-round draft choice in 2012 has caught 82 passes in each of the past two seasons with a career-best 1,345 receiving yards and seven TDs last season.
He was named to his first Pro Bowl last season and ranked No. 35 on NFL Network’s top 100 players for 2015.
In three seasons, the speedy wideout has caught 214 passes for 3,289 yards and 19 TDs. His 18 100-yard receiving games are four behind the league record for the first three years, set by Randy Moss.
In addition to locking up Hilton for the long haul, the Colts bolstered their receiving corps in the offseason by signing seven-time Pro Bowl selection Andre Johnson and drafting speedy Miami Hurricanes star Phillip Dorsett in the first round.
The Colts traded up in the third round to select the 5-9, 178-pound Hilton out of Florida International University as part of a 2012 draft class that included the No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Andrew Luck, as well as tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the second and third rounds, respectively.
Hilton’s 4.34-second speed in the 40-yard dash has translated on the field to game-breaking plays. His best game came in the playoffs, when Hilton caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, including the deciding score on a 64-yard pass, as the Colts rallied to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 in an AFC Wild Card game on Jan. 4, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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