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Colts’ T.Y. Hilton returns after exiting with hamstring injury against Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton left his team’s Sunday matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and was initially listed as questionable to return. He was targeted once prior to the injury, but was unable to haul it in for a reception.

Despite prematurely departing the pivotal matchup, the veteran pass catcher soon returned to the field of play.

Entering Sunday, Hilton led the Colts in receptions and receiving yards in 2016. His 45 receptions are good for fifth in the league and his 689 receiving yards put him behind only Atlanta Falcons’ wide out Julio Jones and Cincinnati Bengals’ wide out A.J. Green. He is tied with tight end Jack Doyle for the team lead in touchdown receptions with four.

He has benefited from the injury to fellow wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who, until Sunday, had been out since leaving the Colts Week 2 contest with a fractured scapula. Hilton has caught a touchdown in all but one of the Colts’ five games without Moncrief,and had over 100 yards receiving in three of them.

The 2012 third-round pick has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and has had at least 1,000 yards receiving every season since his rookie year. He has only missed two games in his four-year NFL career as well.

Hilton returned to the game in the second quarter after spending less than a full quarter on the sideline with the hamstring injury. The Colts are playing their first game since Week 2 with both Hilton and Moncrief, as the latter returned after missing five games with his injury. In 2015, Moncrief led the Colts in touchdown receptions with six and was second on the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards.

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