Quenton Nelson likely back, T.Y. Hilton probably out as Colts head to San Francisco

INDIANAPOLIS – All signs point to the Indianapolis Colts getting one front-line player back for Sunday’s primetime meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, but being without another.

All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson is on track to be activated off the injured reserve list and assume his spot on the offensive line, but wideout T.Y. Hilton might miss his sixth game of the season, this time with a quadriceps injury.

Coach Frank Reich ruled five players out of Sunday’s game: safety Julian Blackmon, who tore an Achilles tendon in Wednesday’s practice and his headed to IR; right tackle Braden Smith (foot), cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle), defensive end Kemoko Turay (groin) and running back Jordan Wilkins (non-football illness).

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He also stopped just short of ruling out Hilton, who didn’t practice this week after suffering a quad injury in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans. It was Hilton’s first appearance of the season after missing the first five games following neck surgery.

Hilton is listed questionable on the game-status report.

“Not going to rule him out,’’ Reich said. “We’re going to evaluate it tomorrow. It’s probably not likely he’s going to go, but I’m not going to rule it out just yet.

“Just want to talk to him tomorrow, see how he’s feeling tomorrow. We pushed it today to see if he was close. Because it’s TY just want to wait…

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