Colts’ Carson Wentz among players activated from COVID-19 list; Hilton placed on injured reserve

Indianapolis Colts

WESTFIELD, INDIANA – AUGUST 12: Head coach Frank Reich and Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts talk on the field during the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts joint practice at Grand Park on August 12, 2021 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts took several key players off the COVID-19 list Thursday and placed three players on injured reserve.

Quarterback Carson Wentz, center Ryan Kelly and receiver Zach Pascal were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the team said.

The players missed the last few practices because of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Those rules mandate that players who are unvaccinated but test negative for COVID-19 can return to their teams five days after exposure.

All three had been held out as close-contact cases.

Three players were placed on injured reserve: veteran receiver T.Y. Hilton, rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger and second-year receiver Dezmon Patmon.

Hilton underwent a procedure this week to address a disc issue in his neck that bothered him during training camp. He’s expected to miss at least three games.

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