Colts Wayne Out for the Season
October 21, 2013 – The Indianapolis Colts’ stirring win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos came at an expensive price.
Veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, the heart and soul of the Colts’ offense, suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee. Wayne tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, an injury that typically requires surgery and a lengthy rehab that would extend well into the offseason.
“We hate to lose anybody, but this one stinks,” Coach Chuck Pagano said. “You just don’t replace guys like (number) 87. But he’ll be back. I know how he’s wired. I know what his DNA is. I know how he is as a man. Everybody’s going to say ‘No way,’ but after the conversation I just had with him, just wait and see.”
Wayne’s streak of 189 consecutive games played will end when the Colts return from their bye week to play the Houston Texans on Nov. 3. Washington linebacker London Fletcher has the longest active streak at 246 games played.
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s win, when Wayne came out of a break to catch a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and his knee buckled. There was no contact on the play, but Wayne immediately fell to the ground and clutched his knee.
The Colts will lose a great player, one who last week against the San Diego Chargers made his 1,000th reception. But Indianapolis also loses a crucial locker room leader.
*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/AJ Mast