USA TODAY Sports Weekly


- Storyline of the week

Bitten by the injury bug: Veteran WR T.Y. Hilton is expected to miss several games after dealing with discomfort in his neck. Hilton suffered the injury in practice before the preseason finale. Rookie QB Sam Ehlinger sprained his knee during the preseason finale and is expected to miss at least a month of games. QB Jacob Eason becomes potentiall­y crucial with QB Carson Wentz, Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly and starting WR Zach Pascal placed on the reserve/ COVID-19 list. A player who tests positive could miss up to 10 days, depending on vaccinatio­n status. In addition, OT Sam Tevi, expected to be depth on the offensive line, tore his ACL and MCL and will miss the season.

Rookie watch

As the Colts held out most of their starters in the preseason finale, undrafted rookie RB Deon Jackson shined. He took 10 carries for 81 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding a 3-yard receiving touchdown against the Lions. It may not be enough to make the roster, but Jackson likely solidified his case for the practice squad.

– Kevin Hickey, Colts Wire

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