Colts Daily Headlines: October 22nd Edition
The joy of the Colts prime time win on Sunday night was quickly hit with the reality of losing Reggie Wayne for the rest of the season. Today’s news looks at the impact of Wayne’s loss on the Colts.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 22nd.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
An emotional Chuck Pagano addressed the media on Monday afternoon to announce Reggie Wayne being lost for the season due to an ACL injury.
“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.
“We’ve known each other for a long, long time,” Pagano said. “Again, the way he is, the first thing out of his mouth is he feels like he let his teammates down because he can’t be there now. That’s how unselfish this guy is. He couldn’t give a hoot about the numbers. He just wants to play and help us win a championship.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
With the news of Wayne out for the season, that brings the number to five offensive players the Colts have lost due to season ending injuries.
But the latest player to go on the list of having a season-ending injury — veteran Reggie Wayne — hit home inside the Colts’ organization. You saw it as a handful of Wayne’s teammates, including Robert Mathis and Andrew Luck, stood around him while he was on the ground in pain with less than eight minutes left in Sunday’s victory over the Denver Broncos. You saw it again when Wayne slapped his hand on the bench in obvious frustration as the team’s medical staff tended to him on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium. And you really saw it when Pagano, the always positive motivator, struggled to talk about making up for the loss of Wayne.
“I’ll put the gloves on now that he wore a year ago, I’ll wear them now, and so will the rest of the team,” Pagano said. “We’ll get through this. We’ll be there every step of the way.”
To the outside world, Wayne is a receiver who has played in 189 consecutive games, caught 1,006 passes for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns in his 13-year career. But Wayne means more than just those numbers to the Colts. He’s the one who would speak up when necessary to make sure things didn’t get off track or do little things like asking questions during the annual referee meeting despite having the same meeting every sesaon.
You can’t just anoint any player to step up in Wayne’s absence because there is no replacing Reggie Wayne. The Colts know that, too, that’s why you could hear the pain of losing him when they talked.