The Indianapolis Colts announced on Sunday that veteran receiver T.Y. Hilton will begin training camp on the active/non-football injury list.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per an informed source, that the 30-year-old suffered a mild hamstring issue while training in preparation for camp and is expected to be fine.
Unfortunately for Hilton, who turns 31 in November, news of a nagging injury feels all too familiar after last season. The multi-time Pro Bowler was limited to 10 games due to calf and quad troubles, resulting in him hauling in 50 receptions -- his fewest since his rookie year in 2012 -- for a career-low 501 receiving yards. Prior to the 2019 campaign, Hilton appeared in at least 14 games every season.
With the Colts set to march into 2020 with Philip Rivers under center, keeping an eye on Hilton's status will be paramount as he looks to build chemistry with his third QB since 2017.
In addition to the bittersweet Hilton news, the club also announced that they have waived WR Rodney Adams, defensive end Jegs Jegede, offensive tackles Cedrick Lang and Travis Vornkahl, cornerback Picasso Nelson Jr. and linebacker Brandon Wellington, as well as released running back Darius Jackson.
Here are other stories Around The NFL is monitoring Sunday:
- The Cleveland Browns have placed receiver Jarvis Landry on the active/physically unable to perform list. The five-time Pro Bowler is continuing to work his way back from the hip surgery he underwent in February. The team noted that he remains on schedule in his recovery. Landry stated in May that he expected his return date to be "sometime in August." The club also placed WR J'Mon Moore (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.
- New England Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse has opted out of the 2020 campaign, NFL Network's Michael Giardi reported. He added that LaCosse and his wife are expecting their first child in November. LaCosse, who signed a two-year deal last March, is now the eighth Patriot to forgo the upcoming season; receiver Marqise Lee was added to that list on Saturday. New England's TE depth will now include Ryan Izzo and rookies Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi. In other news for the Patriots, the team placed WR Mohamed Sanu and RB Sony Michel on the active/PUP list.
- Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane announced cornerback E.J. Gaines, who missed all of last season with a core muscle injury, will opt out of the 2020 campaign. Gaines signed a one-year deal in April to return to Buffalo where he played in 2017 after being involved in the trade that sent Sammy Watkins to the Rams. The club later announced the signings of veteran CB Akeem King & defensive tackle Niles Scott. Pelissero reported on Friday that King was in Buffalo for a physical; the 27-year-old played in 29 games (four starts) over the past two seasons for the Seahawks.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars have activated rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, and offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor from the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. All three are now on the club's active roster. The team also signed fifth-year defensive end Adam Gotsis; NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport later reported Gotsis, who tore his ACL in December while playing for the Broncos, inked a one-year pact. The team later announced quarterback Gardner Minshew has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, along with running back Ryquell Armstead, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard. Tight end Charles Jones was activated off the list earlier in the day but was then re-placed onto it.
- The Los Angeles Rams have activated defensive tackle Michael Hoecht from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
- The Atlanta Falcons have placed linebacker Foye Oluokun on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. The team also released punter Ryan Allen and waived tight end Caleb Repp, center Austin Capps, offensive tackle Scottie Dill and linebacker Jordan Williams.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed key rotational players running back Jaylen Samuels and receiver James Washington on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Steelers now have four players (cornerbacks Justin Layne and Arrion Springs) on the list. In addition, the team waived quarterback J.T. Barrett, running back Ralph Webb, WR Quadree Henderson, offensive lineman Christian Montano, linebackers Christian Kuntz and Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and defensive end Josiah Coatney.
- The Dallas Cowboys announced fullback Jamize Olawale has opted out of next season.
- The New York Giants announced the release of eight players: running back Jon Hilliman, linebacker Chris Peace, safety Rashaan Gaulden, cornerback Shakial Taylor, quarterback Case Cookus, fullback George Aston, and linebackers Oluwole Betiku, Jr. and Dana Levine. Also, defensive tackle Leonard Williams (hamstring) has been designated with a non-football injury and receiver Da'Mari Scott informed the team he will opt out of the 2020 season. He is the second Giant to opt out (Nate Solder).
- The Baltimore Ravens have placed center Matt Skura on the active/PUP list.
- Miami Dolphins guard Ereck Flowers was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list while long snapper Blake Ferguson was activated from the same list.
- The San Francisco 49ers announced the re-signing of DL Alex Barrett, who was on and off their practice squad since 2019 and recently waived on July 30.
- The Detroit Lions placed DE Austin Bryant on the active/PUP list and DE Romeo Okwara on the active/NFI list.
- Chicago Bears RB Artavis Pierce was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and RB Napoleon Maxwell was waived.