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Darrius Heyward-Bey sprains knee in practice

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Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey’s work in Colts camp earned him some praise from coach Chuck Pagano recently, especially when it came to the growing connection that the new member of the team was making with quarterback Andrew Luck.

That progress may be on hold for a little bit. Craig Kelley of the Colts website passes along word that Heyward-Bey sprained his left knee at the team’s practice on Sunday. There’s nothing more about the extent of the injury or possible timetables for return at this point, but it’s a good bet that Heyward-Bey will see some time on the sideline and miss next weekend’s preseason opener against the Bills next Sunday.

Pagano’s positive words accompany ones from offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, via Adam Caplan of ESPN, that have Heyward-Bey as the very fast receiver with frustratingly inconsistent hands that he was in Oakland. The Colts see him as one of their top three receivers along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so they’ll be hoping that those hands hold onto more balls.

The answer to that wish and other issues regarding Heyward-Bey’s role in the offense will have to wait until there’s an update about his health, though.

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16 Responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey sprains knee in practice”
  1. andrewluck12 says: Aug 4, 2013 6:56 PM

    hopefully it isn’t serious. i was really hoping to watch him and 12 make some plays. coltstrong!

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 4, 2013 7:07 PM

    LOL!

  3. nickerus says: Aug 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    colts suck so does DHB maybe with some superglue on his hands he could catch a ball

  4. grantashe11 says: Aug 4, 2013 7:13 PM

    TY Hilton is the better player regardless if DHB is injured or not. DHB could not make an impact on a Raiders squad that more resembles a Minor League football team. I just can’t see him being a major contributor in Indy. Yes, he is fast, when healthy. A lot of guys are fast. Does not mean he will ever be an All Pro WR or even a starter.

  5. billhicks666 says: Aug 4, 2013 7:38 PM

    At least Colts fans won’t have to worry about him dropping any balls while he’s on the shelf!

  6. bishoplanky says: Aug 4, 2013 7:54 PM

    Okay, why are teams not changing things? The players today, don’t need preseason. Put into their contract that they keep in shape, take out the preseason, and….oh wait….they have less chance to get hurt!!! Nevermind, stupid idea……

  7. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 4, 2013 7:58 PM

    Well… That will surely cut down on his drops.

  8. bennprince says: Aug 4, 2013 9:03 PM

    “Sprained Knee” is code for torn ligament with pending confirmation via MRI. Next man up…

  9. thesmartest1 says: Aug 4, 2013 9:03 PM

    With Luck tossing it every WR has a decent chance.

  10. ddogdaddy says: Aug 4, 2013 9:11 PM

    Does anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable when you see an adult male use the term LOL?

  11. taintedlombardis says: Aug 4, 2013 10:59 PM

    Even with the 3rd easiest schedule, 6-10 at best. Luck is flat out horrible. Turnover machine with low completion percentage.

  12. taosravenfan says: Aug 4, 2013 11:34 PM

    It is a shame that a UMd product has to play for the colts.

  13. theRed says: Aug 5, 2013 1:59 AM

    You got to bubble-wrap fragile items before moving them onto the field!

  14. drzsucksbigtime says: Aug 5, 2013 5:52 AM

    That’s too bad. Humble player with a great work ethic. Shame he can’t catch the pigskin (probably an overrated skill for a receiver ;-)

  15. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 5, 2013 9:09 AM

    Quick, somebody ask Tim Tebow what he thinks for no reason!

  16. 76seahawk says: Aug 5, 2013 9:17 AM

    With Luck on his side he can’t go wrong.

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