Hilton racked up 1270 receiving yards (10th
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Colts General Manager Chris Ballard says there’s no single cause of quarterback Andrew Luck‘s ankle injury , but instead the injury has been building over time.After the Colts said for weeks that Luck injured his calf, Ballard described Luck’s injury as “pain right below his calf” and an injury to the “posterior ankle.” Ballard said it’s been an issue for Luck for a long time.“I think it’s a cumulative thing, through the years,” Ballard said. “Andrew’s had some ankle issues with his left one for a while, and I think it’s just kind of a cumulative thing.”Ballard said the Colts gave Luck treatment in May but that treatment was unsuccessful. Now the Colts are facing the probability that Luck won’t play at all in the preseason, and the possibility that if he’s playing in Week One, he’ll be playing at less than 100 percent healthy. Pro Football Focus recently released their annual list of the Top 101 Players of 2018, and four Colts appeared on the list. No. 86: Quenton Nelson, Guard Top 101 appearances: New entryOne of..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Four Colts named to Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 PlayersNew ,22commentsESTShareTweetShareShareFour Colts named to Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 PlayersEric Hartline-USA TODAY SportsPro Football Focus recently released their annual list of the Top 101 Players of 2018, and four Colts appeared on the list. No. 86: Quenton Nelson, Guard Top 101 appearances: New entryOne of the more impressive turnarounds in recent memory, the Colts offensive line went from complete liability to more than an adequate unit, and the play of Quenton Nelson had a lot to do with that. Nelson was a stud in pass protection, leading the team in pass-blocking grade while allowing just 23 pressures on a whopping 730 pass-blocking snaps.Nelson was drafted as the Colts’ No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and took the league by storm immediately. He did a phenomenal job of leading the offensive line and protecting Luck throughout the season and was even named First-Team-All-Pro. He was also named Rookie of the Month in October. No. 76: Darius Leonard, LinebackerTop 101 appearances: New entryLeonard may have had impressive tackle totals, but he was also equally impressive as a blitzer, as a run stopper and as a coverage defender. Whichever way you slice it , Leonard ended a mightily productive regular season with 56 total defensive stops next to his name – the third-most among players at the position.Though he was snubbed by Pro Bowl voters, Darius Leonard has proved his NFL caliber. He was named First-Team-All-Pro alongside fellow rookie Nelson and was also recently awarded Defensive Rookie of the Year by NFL Honors, along with Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America. He was also named Defensive Rookie of the Month in September and AFC Defensive Player of the week for his performance in Weeks 2 and 17. No. 59: TY Hilton, Wide Receiver Top 101 appearances: 4Hilton dealt with injuries all season long, but even that couldn’t stop him from keeping up with the best of them. Hilton racked up 1270 receiving yards (10th- most) from 76 catches on the year, with 535 of those yards coming from deep passes (passes of 20 or more yards downfield).In a season littered with injuries, T.Y. Hilton still managed to make his mark on the NFL. He certainly proved his toughness and was spoken of highly by teammates. The Colts capitalized on the veteran’s ability all season to bounce back from hardship, especially when it came to big plays downfield. Though the Colts might look to add to the receiving corps in the upcoming draft, they can rest assured knowing they’ve got a resilient receiver in the backfield. No. 12: Andrew Luck , Quarterback Top 101 appearances: 3There once was legitimate questions about whether Andrew Luck would ever play football again, but Luck answered those questions firmly with a tumultuous comeback season. He finished the season ranked third among all quarterbacks in PFF grade at 91.2, while his 34 touchdown passes from a clean pocket were second to only Patrick Mahomes.What was once a huge question mark at the quarterback position is now solidified; Andrew Luck proved his ability to come back this season more than once. After a tough 1-5 start to the season, the quarterback led his team to a final record of 10-6 and two playoff games. Though the season ended earlier than expected, he capped his 2018 campaign as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.The Colts stunned the league this season with their perseverance and grit. This is only the beginning. The future is bright for this young team.