Colts, Texans get healthier while hurting for wins

Following a gut-wrenching loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night during which Indianapolis blew a 19-point, third-quarter lead, the Colts were in the market for good news.They received a dose when four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton returned to the practice field for the first time since late August on Wednesday. The Colts have three weeks to activate Hilton, who underwent neck surgery just prior to the start of the regular season, from injured reserve.Hilton, a third-round pick by the Colts in 2012, could see action when Indianapolis (1-4) hosts the Houston Texans (1-4) on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.”Obviously it was great news on T.Y. from Tuesday when I got to that medical meeting that he was ahead of schedule, so he’ll be out there this week,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “We’ll determine his status as the week goes on, but certainly excited to have T.Y. back in the fold and out on the field.”It would mark a timely return for Hilton, who has amassed more receptions (97), yards (1,718) and touchdowns (11) against the Texans than any other team.”Obviously it’s a big, emotional boost to the team and obviously it’s Houston week,” Reich said with a grin. “So probably not a coincidence.”The Colts’ 31-25 overtime loss at Baltimore was their second by one score this season following their 27-24 setback to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. While the slow start to the season has proven disappointing, the Colts are just two games behind the first-place Tennessee Titans in the AFC South and have the experience of the 2018 season to draw from, a campaign that concluded with the Colts in the playoffs after winning 9 of 10 games following their 1-5 start.”We have a more mature team,” Reich said. “I think our roster is strong so I really believe we just have to pull together week by week. We’ve done this before, we can certainly draw from that.”Everybody talks about 1-0 but when you’re 1-4 it means a little something more. So we have to draw on that.”