The Associated Press reports that Colts spokesman Avis Roper said that Heyward-Bey’s knee injury, which he suffered in practice on Sunday, was “not serious.” The team did not offer any exact idea about what that determination means in terms of a timeline for Heyward-Bey’s return to practice, although they said they don’t expect him out long.
According to the report, Heyward-Bey was not on crutches while he watched the rest of the Colts practice on Monday and that he didn’t require any other kind of help moving around.
All of that sounds encouraging, but Heyward-Bey still seems likely to miss some time and that could hurt him in his bid to win playing time over T.Y. Hilton. While the Colts will likely make liberal use of both receivers alongside Reggie Wayne, one of them will wind up on the second rung of the depth chart and Heyward-Bey can’t make his case if he isn’t on the field.