Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (81) during the game against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Darrius Heyward-Bey practices today for Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts starting wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is now a key member of this Colts offense due to Reggie Wayne’s ACL tear, which was the latest brutal, season-ending injury for the Colts. They have already lost Dwayne Allen, Donald Thomas, Vick Ballard, and Ahmad Bradshaw for the season, but Wayne was the biggest  blow yet. Heyward-Bey and the explosive T.Y. Hilton are now the Colts starting wideouts, and it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Heyward-Bey can put up as a starter now.

He suffered a hamstring injury during yesterday’s practice, which led to some minor concerns since losing a starting player at a thin position for a critical divisional matchup would have really hurt. But Colts official site beat writer Kevin Bowen reports that Darrius Heyward-Bey has returned to practice today, which means that he will be a full-go for Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans.

The Colts are the favorites against the Texans despite their injuries, but that’s the way it should be. The Texans have been  a disappointment this season, whereas the Colts have defeated some top-flight opponents. Wayne’s injury is a huge test for the Colts, but Andrew Luck and the Colts have risen above plenty of tests ever since he was selected out of Stanford. This is a playoff-bound team, and Heyward-Bey could put up some big numbers with Luck at the helm if he can fulfill his own end of the bargain.

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  • Pridenpoise

    Heyward Bey is still incredibly inconsistent, I think the Colts are screwed, because this guy is not going to magically start catching the ball. All I can say is I’m happy he’s not in Oakland anymore.

    • Joe Soriano

      No doubt about it, and that’s why I really want to see what he can do as a starter in Indy and if he can be consistent. I think the world of Andrew Luck, and his arm strength bodes well for DHB due to DHB’s speed. That said, DHB is in the Schilens-range of consistency, which means to say that none of us have an exact idea of what he is going to be able to do for the rest of the year. I’m optimistic that he’ll produce, but he’s definitely not going to produce at a high level. At this point, the Colts desperately need Trent Richardson to step up.