T.Y. Hilton didn’t know what to think when he lost feeling on his left side. And he began to wonder whether his football career was over when he subsequently emerged from neck surgery with intense pain.

But Hilton overcame those setbacks, physically and mentally, ultimately returning to the Colts’ roster. That allowed the veteran wide receiver to continue a career that has earned him a place among the finest players in franchise history.

Hilton is once again at a pivotal place. He remains a free agent and is still plotting his next move. Everything is on the table, from retirement to playing for another team in what would be his 11th season.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard, after using his top draft pick on receiver Alec Pierce (53rd overall) earlier this month, said of the team’s conversations with Hilton, “I’ve said all along, I think he can still play. We’ll work through that.”

Here’s an update including everything we know about the 32-year-old Hilton’s status and next steps, along with some related questions surrounding his possible return to the Colts, the only NFL team he’s known.


Where things stand

So, what is Hilton’s position?

He’s been quiet, but Hilton has had fruitful conversations with at least two other teams. There is legitimate interest outside the Colts organization. If Hilton wants to play, it appears the opportunity will be there regardless of what the Colts decide.