INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Colts star wide receiver Reggie Wayne injured his knee in Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos. It was a hit to his future game participation as well: the Colts announced Monday that Wayne's out for the season.
Head Coach Chuck Pagano said Wayne tore his ACL in the second half of the game against the Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. NFL.com reports the durable wide receiver left Sunday's game and did not return after suffering the non-contact injury to his left knee midway through the fourth quarter of the Colts' 39-33 victory.
Pagano had heavy sadness on his face Monday afternoon as he made the announcement.
"We hate to lose anybody, but, you know, this one -- this one really stinks," Pagano said. "You don't just replace guys like 87 (Wayne)."
Pagano said he has full confidence that Wayne will return with a healthy knee next season.
"He'll be back. I know how he's wired. I know how his DNA is. I know how he is as a man. Everybody's gonna say, 'No, way,' but after the conversation I just had with (Wayne), just wait and see," Pagano said. "We'll all put on the gloves for Reggie, and we'll help him get through this and get him back."
Pagano began his 12:30 p.m. press conference by listing all the injuries his players sustained in Sunday night's game. The list was lengthy. He said despite the win, the team is a bit down this week.
"It was a great win, a great team win," Pagano said. "That puts a bit of a damper on it -- but still, a great win."
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