Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 8 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Patriots.

As is saboteur Deion Branch. A special teamer, DHB will likely be ready to go if the Colts advance to the AFC Championship Game. Also inactive for the Colts are WR Josh Lenz, CB Sheldon Price, LB Daniel Adongo, C Khaled Holmes and OG Joe Reitz.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey is out "a week or so" with a hamstring injury.

DHB was benched during the regular season and has regressed into a blocking receiver and special teamer. This explains the Colts' signing of street free agent Deion Branch and promotion of Josh Lenz from the practice squad.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey was forced from Indianapolis' Wild Card game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.

The Colts' No. 5 receiver had been playing exclusively on special teams.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs.

Heyward-Bey was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday after being limited earlier in the week. He'll serve as the Colts' No. 4 receiver and contribute on special teams.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey resumed practicing Wednesday.

Heyward-Bey will be fine for his special teams and No. 4 receiver duties against the Chiefs Saturday.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) is not practicing Tuesday.

Heyward-Bey has been demoted to the Colts' No. 5 receiver and is working solely on special teams.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey was held catch-less in Week 17 against the Jaguars.

A drop-prone nightmare free-agent signing by 2012 NFL Exec of the Year Ryan Grigson, DHB's regular season ends on a 29-309-1 stat line, losing his starting job down the stretch and eventually falling behind LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen, and Da'Rick Rogers on the depth chart. Heyward-Bey will continue to be a blocking receiver in the NFL playoffs. He's no longer a passing-game factor.

Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 9 Months

Darrius Heyward-Bey is embracing his special teams role.

Heyward-Bey has fallen behind T.Y. Hilton, Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill on the receiving depth chart. So he's earning his keep by covering punts. "I'm taking it and running with it," Heyward-Bey said. "This is the first time that I've ever been in the playoffs, first time with double-digit wins. I put my ego to the side. I'm all about this team. I think we're a special team. I just want to go out there and help anyway I can."

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Darrius Heyward-Bey caught two passes for 23 yards in Week 14 at Cincinnati.

Heyward-Bey was targeted three times on the day, playing as the No. 4 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton, Da'Rick Rogers, and LaVon Brazill. DHB dropped yet another pass in this one on a third-and-eight pass that hit him right in the hands. He's well off the fantasy radar.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey averaged 2.5 catches per game before the Reggie Wayne injury and 1.8 after it.

Yes, Heyward-Bey has gotten even worse as the Colts have needed him more. He's suffered from his annual rash of drops, struggled to keep his footing at times and simply hasn't gotten open. However, the Colts have been hesitant to reduce his playing time because they don't have much trust in LaVon Brazill or Da'Rick Rogers. It's left Andrew Luck as a borderline QB1 at best heading into Sunday's game at Cincinnati.