Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has confirmed that wide receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee.
“We hate to lose anybody, but this one stings,” Pagano said. “You just don’t replace guys like 87. But he’ll be back, I know how he’s wired. I know how his DNA is.”
“After the conversation I just had with him, wait and see. We’ll all put on the clothes for Reggie and we’ll help him get it back,” he added.
The injury will end the 34-year-old Wayne’s streak of playing in 189 straight games, the most among active players. Wayne’s streak was the third longest by a wide receiver in NFL history.
Wayne sustained the knee injury when he tried to come back for an underthrown pass by quarterback Andrew Luck with 7:15 left in the Colts’ 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos. Wayne finished Sunday night’s game with five catches for 50 yards.
Wayne remained on the ground for several minutes as some of his teammates, including Luck, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, safety Antoine Bethea and linebacker Robert Mathis, circled around him. He eventually got up and made his way to the sideline.
Wayne’s absence will be felt by the Colts, especially Luck. Over the last two seasons, Wayne has been targeted 245 times, which ranks only behind the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson (262) and Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall (260) for most in the NFL.
In his career, when Luck is under duress, he has thrown to Wayne 57 times, which is the most in the NFL over the last two seasons.
The Colts (5-2) have a bye next weekend before playing at Houston on Nov. 3.