TY Hilton undergoing concussion protocol - Week 1 status in doubt?

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The Indianapolis Colts have put together one of the deepest offensive depth charts anywhere in the NFL heading into the 2015 season.

And, after comments from head coach, Chuck Pagano, on Monday it might be just as well that Andrew Luck has so many mouth to feed this year.


That's because Pagano revealed that star wide receiver TY Hilton is having to undergo concussion protocol at present - a situation that could threaten his participation in Indy's season opener if confirmed.


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Considering the stringent regulations the NFL now employ regarding concussion - strict medical evaluation and comparison to regular medical records - Hilton is facing a race to be cleared to play in the Colts' first game of the season against the Bills on September 13th.

The Pro Bowler must be cleared by team and independent doctors before he can even return to practice. If he cannot do that in the next couple of days then Hilton would be right on the borderline to be ready to start vs Buffalo, considering the usual period of absence is around one-to-two weeks for a serious concussion.

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Status unclear

Hilton alerted the Colts to suffering from headaches following the team's Saturday preseason game vs the St. Louis Rams, but he is still at the early stages of the protocol.

And, according to ESPN's Britt McHenry who relayed a text conversation with the wide receiver, Hilton himself is positive he will be good to go:

"I'm totally fine. I barely got tackled," he reportedly said.

Of course, players are often the last to admit a concussion related issue so Colts fans will have to wait until the medical staff give their star the all clear before they can start looking forward to him terrorizing the Bills secondary.

Colts fans: Which offensive star is set for a Hilton-like breakout year in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...

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