The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are playing for nothing but draft position on Sunday. Since then, Hilton has only had one total touchdown, and only two games with more than 60 receiving yards. It did nothing to quell speculation whether he'll be back next season, which has been the hottest topic in town since the Colts (4-12) were eliminated from the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Specifically, the Colts will pick behind the Cleveland Browns (first) and the New York Giants (second) respectively-both said to be eyeing top quarterback prospects. When opposing teams are able to shut down Hilton, the Colts offense becomes much less efficient because Hilton is by far the best playmaker on the offense.
The Colts went ahead 14-13 on Marlon Mack's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
A tiresome season finale did nothing to bolster the argument to keep Pagano or O'Brien, who also has been under fire. Colts RB Frank Gore became the first running back to start all 16 games in a season at age 34 or older.
Either way, this fight was a fittingly ugly conclusion to a couple of ugly seasons. Houston took another hit when receiver Will Fuller V departed with a left knee injury on the Texans' first offensive series. Texans' coach Bill O'Brien called him a game-time decision on Thursday. It was the first game he has missed in his five-year career, starting all 79 games.
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