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Darrius Heyward-Bey hurts knee in Colts practice

Darrius Heyward-Bey has encountered a road block in his quest for a starting job with the Indianapolis Colts.

The veteran wide receiver, signed by the Colts in April, limped off the practice field Sunday with a sprained knee, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Heyward-Bey's recovery timetable is unclear, though it's fair to wonder about the former first-round draft pick's availability for the Colts' preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

Heyward-Bey is hoping to hold off T.Y. Hilton as the Colts' starting receiver opposite Reggie Wayne. Colts coach Chuck Pagano is a big fan of Hilton, an Around The League "Making The Leap" nominee, calling the second-year pro a "freak" last week.

Hilton will see plenty of time regardless of Heyward-Bey's health or performance. Still, Heyward-Bey's injury gives Hilton the opportunity to shake up the depth chart.

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