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Adam Vinatieri
Report: Colts want to re-sign Adam Vinatieri
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 1:22 PM
Mike Chappell on Twitter
FOX/CBS Indianapolis reports the Colts would like to re-sign impending free agent K Adam Vinatieri.
Analysis: Asked about Vinatieri at Monday's season-ending press conference, GM Chris Ballard said "we'll see." Ballard did say he "absolutely" believes Vinatieri can still kick at the age of 46. Vinatieri has said he wants to return. This shouldn't take long.
Adam Vinatieri
GM on Vinatieri's Colts future: 'We'll see'
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 12:44 PM
George Bremer on Twitter
Speaking Monday, Colts GM Chris Ballard said "we'll see" when asked if 46-year-old K Adam Vinatieri would be back for 2019.
Analysis: Ballard did say he "absolutely" believes Vinatieri can still kick. Headed to free agency, Vinatieri had two devastating misses in Saturday's Divisional Round loss, one a chip-shot field goal, the other an extra point. For the season, Vinatieri still converted an elite 85.2 percent of his field goals, though he did miss three extra points.
Jacoby Brissett
Colts GM says Jacoby Brissett trade unlikely
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 12:41 PM
George Bremer on Twitter
Speaking at Monday's season-ending press conference, Colts GM Chris Ballard said he would have to be blown away to trade No. 2 QB Jacoby Brissett.
Analysis: Ballard initially said he would not trade Brissett, though he immediately hedged. "It would take somebody doing something that would blow me away," Ballard said. "And it has to be the right thing for the kid, too." Ballard said he turned down offers for Brissett in 2018. We actually take Ballard at his word that he would have to be blown away to trade his backup considering Andrew Luck's injury history. Teams are not usually in the business of making mind-blowing offers for No. 2 quarterbacks.
Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri would return if Colts want him
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 8:37 AM
Indianapolis Star
Impending free agent Adam Vinatieri said he would almost certainly play another season if the Colts want him back.
Analysis: "If they're wanting, I can't imagine (I'd) not keep playing, you know?" Vinatieri said. "I haven't made the decision yet. I'll spend a week or two and just kind of see where we're at." Vinatieri is coming off a shocking game by his standards in which he missed an extra point and a short field goal attempt in a playoff loss, but he was as good as ever during the regular season, connecting on 85 percent of his attempts and 94 percent of his extra points. Vinatieri just turned 46 in December, putting him two years shy of George Blanda for the honor of oldest player to ever suit up.
Chester Rogers
Chester Rogers goes 5/30/0 against Chiefs
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 7:59 PM
Chester Rogers caught 5-of-6 targets for 30 yards in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Rogers was quiet aside from a 12-yard gain on fourth down in the fourth quarter. The Colts' slot receiver lacks big-play ability and should be someone on whom Colts GM Chris Ballard looks to upgrade this offseason.
Eric Ebron
Ebron struggles in Colts playoff loss to K.C.
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 7:57 PM
Eric Ebron caught 5-of-9 targets for 51 yards in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Going beyond the box score, this was not a strong game for Ebron, who dropped a third-down pass that would've gone for a first down on Indy's opening drive, ran a route short of the sticks on another needed conversion, and committed a false start penalty among other mistakes. Ebron took a huge step forward in his 14-touchdown campaign but remained relatively low on reliability and awareness. With Jack Doyle due back from injury, Ebron will be a candidate to be overvalued in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Dontrelle Inman
Dontrelle Inman solid as usual vs. Chiefs
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 7:47 PM
Dontrelle Inman caught 4-of-4 targets for 55 yards in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Inman didn't get going until the second half along with the rest of Indy's lifeless offense, but he did make a highlight-reel catch for a gain of 20 late in the third quarter. Inman played rock-solid football as the Colts' No. 2 wideout in the second half of the season and was a terrific in-season signing by savvy GM Chris Ballard. An impending free agent, 30-year-old Inman should draw significant interest as a role player should he hit the open market.
Nyheim Hines
Nyheim Hines gets 3 touches in playoff loss
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 7:36 PM
Nyheim Hines rushed three times for 24 yards in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Hines worked behind Jordan Wilkins in addition to Marlon Mack, and wasn't even seen until Saturday's game was out of hand. The Colts' primary receiving back all season, Hines was a ghost in the playoffs. Nevertheless, Hines will be an intriguing PPR pick in 2019 fantasy drafts after catching 63 passes as a rookie.
T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton stymied on 10 targets
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 7:08 PM
T.Y. Hilton caught 4-of-10 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Although the announcing crew claimed Hilton's main Saturday night problem was his ankle, he looked plenty spry beating Chiefs CB Steven Nelson down the sideline on his 29-yard touchdown catch. The facts of the matter were the Colts couldn't possess the ball -- Kansas City incredibly ran twenty-five more offensive plays than Indianapolis -- and Andrew Luck had a horrible game with five passes tipped at the line of scrimmage, 5.6 yards per attempt, and multiple interceptions dropped. Hilton still led the NFL in receiving yards from Week 10 onward and will return as a high-end second-round pick in 2019 fantasy drafts.
Andrew Luck
Colts offense lets down D, ST in blowout loss
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 6:49 PM
Andrew Luck completed 19-of-36 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' Divisional Round blowout loss to the Chiefs.
Marlon Mack
M. Mack quiet in rout, leaves with hip injury
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 6:38 PM
Marlon Mack rushed nine times for 46 yards in the Colts' Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs before exiting with a hip injury.
Analysis: Mack's injury isn't known to be serious, and Saturday's game was out of hand when he exited. He was targeted just once in the passing game, but Andrew Luck's throw was not catch-able. It became clear early that Mack wouldn't turn in a productive box-score effort due to negative game script; the Chiefs were in control throughout. Mack's night was entirely unproductive before 20- and 10-yard runs in what amounted to fourth-quarter garbage time. Nevertheless, Mack should easily be healthy by OTAs and projects to safely return as the Colts' 2019 lead runner after a breakout sophomore season.
Malik Hooker
Colts S Malik Hooker out for Divisional Round
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 2:21 PM
Colts S Malik Hooker (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Hooker has been out since Week 10, but there was hope he'd play after returning to practice this week. The rest of the Colts inactives are WR Ryan Grant, RB Jonathan Williams, LB Ahmad Thomas, OL Le'Raven Clark, OL Josh Andrews, and DL Tyquan Lewis.
Ryan Grant
Ryan Grant ruled out for Divisional Round
Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 2:06 PM
Ryan Grant (toe) has been ruled out for the Divisional Round.
Analysis: It is a bit surprising Grant has not been sent to injured reserve.
Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron removed from injury report
Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 2:04 PM
Eric Ebron (hip) has been removed from the injury report for the Divisional Round.
Analysis: One of the league's top touchdown scorers in 2018, Ebron will be facing a Chiefs defense that permitted the most tight end fantasy points during the regular season. He's a no-brainer for all Divisional Round DFS lineups.
T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton removed from injury report
Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 2:03 PM
T.Y. Hilton (ankle) has been removed from the injury report for the Divisional Round.
Analysis: Hilton has yet to practice during the playoffs. That figures to remain the case if the Colts spring the upset Saturday and advance to the AFC Championship Game.
T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton (ankle) sitting again Thursday
Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 10:53 AM
Mike Chappell on Twitter
T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not practice Thursday.
Analysis: It is not a surprise. Hilton did not practice at all last week before putting up 85 yards on 10 targets against the Texans. It would be a shock if he is not ready to face the Chiefs on Saturday.
T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton (ankle) absent again Wednesday
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 3:32 PM
Indianapolis Colts on Twitter
T.Y. Hilton (ankle) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Hilton rarely practices these days, though there's no concern whatsoever over his availability for Saturday's Divisional Round game at Arrowhead. The 29-year-old will look to erase a seven-game touchdown drought when he takes the field against the top-seeded Chiefs.
Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron (hip) back at practice Wednesday
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 3:31 PM
Indianapolis Colts on Twitter
Eric Ebron (hip) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.
Analysis: Ebron has practiced only sporadically over the past month, though he hasn't missed any games during that span. That will again be the case Saturday when the Colts visit Kansas City. Ebron led all tight ends with 14 touchdowns (13 receiving, one rushing) during the regular season and scored again in last week's opening-round win over Houston.
Dontrelle Inman
Dontrelle Inman back to limited participation
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 3:27 PM
Indianapolis Colts on Twitter
Dontrelle Inman (shoulder, finger) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.
Analysis: Inman was a spectator at Tuesday's session, though it looks like he was just getting a maintenance day. The 29-year-old will take a three-game touchdown streak into Saturday's Divisional Round matchup with Kansas City.
Mike Mitchell
Colts send S Mike Mitchell (calf) to I.R.
Wed, Jan 9, 2019, 9:32 AM
Colts placed S Mike Mitchell (calf) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Analysis: Mitchell strained his calf last week against the Texans in the Wild Card win. To take his spot, the Colts promoted S Rolan Milligan to the 53-man roster.