This year was going to be the first year since 1997 that the Colts would not have a sole representative in the Pro Bowl, but it seems that has changed.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will replace Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green on the AFC roster in the upcoming Pro Bowl, the league announced Wednesday. This is the fifth straight year he'd led the Colts in receiving yards.
This is Hilton's fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection (2014-17).
Green is nursing an undisclosed injury and will sit out the event on January 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. He caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
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Hilton started all 16 games for the Colts, racking up 966 yards on 57 receptions. His late addition this year means the Colts have had at least one player represented in the game dating back to 1998.
But there was always a possibility some Colts players listed as alternates, like Hilton, could end up making an appearance in the game - which will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. - after all.
Indianapolis has interviewed four candidates - New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and former Kansas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, who took the head coaching job in Chicago.
Hilton's individual recognition comes in the aftermath of a hard season.