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Joel A. Erickson
Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Colts defensive backs are in the concussion protocol after Monday night’s crushing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis is awaiting word on the severity of Rodrigo Blankenship’s hip injury before making a decision at kicker.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Andrew Sendejo must pass through the five steps of the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to play against Houston in five days, and the shortened week after the Monday night game will make it more difficult to get through those steps.

Indianapolis also lost special teamer Ibraheim Campbell, a member of the practice squad, to injuries to his ankle and knee.

Blankenship’s situation will be something to watch.

“Especially because last night being Monday, we were getting back late last night/early this morning,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “I have not been in the medical meeting yet. I know he was getting an MRI. I’ll get the results here in another hour, and then we’ll talk through with Chris what we need to do, whether we need to bring in another kicker, how extensive is the injury.”

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) walks off the field after missing a potential game winning kick Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at the end of the second half of Colts against Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium for Monday Night Football.

Blankenship said he felt a sharp, stabbing pain in his hip during warmups on Monday night.

But he felt like he was able to kick from within 45 yards, and even though he missed a critical extra point, Reich felt comfortable sending Blankenship out to kick the final two field goals — one blocked, one hooked left — because of the two field goals he was able to make despite the pain.

“I knew he was compromised, but when he made the 43-yarder, I thought, ‘We’re good,’” Reich said. “I had no one on the medical staff coming up and saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got to really be careful.’ I knew he was hurting, but other players are hurting, too, and I think Rod is a tough guy. He was playing through it the best he could. I just assumed after we made that 43-yarder that we were good.”

A couple of Colts trying to fight their way back into the lineup likely will not be back this week.

Veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who has missed the first five weeks after undergoing surgery on his neck at the end of training camp, has been gradually doing more and more work, but it sounds as if he’s not ready.

“I saw him last week, he was looking good, I saw him working out,” Reich said. “I’ll let you guys know on Wednesday as soon as I can. Not sure on T.Y. I don’t think it was this week (that he’d return), but I think we’re getting close.”

Rookie defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo, who was drafted in the second round even though he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January, remains on the reserve/non-football injury list as he rehabilitates that injury. Because he was placed on reserve/NFI, Odeyingbo cannot return to practice for the first six weeks of the season — meaning he’s eligible to begin practicing next Monday — and cannot be moved to the active roster until a team has played its first eight games.

Once Odeyingbo is designated for return, the Colts will have three weeks to promote him to the active roster.

“I think we do expect him to play,” Reich said. “We want to be smart, we want to understand the situation, but I think we’re hopeful we see him play before the season’s over.”