Colts lose Wayne
INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts’ victory over Peyton Manning on Sunday night came at a hefty price.
Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker—room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed yesterday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season.
Second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton expressed sadness about losing his mentor.
Coach Chuck Pagano tried to lean on his standard line about replacing injured players, though it didn’t come with quite the same passion, and Luck blamed himself for putting Wayne in harm’s way with a low, underthrown ball late in the game against Denver.
“Looking back it again today [Monday], there was really no one within 30 yards of him,” Luck said. “He probably would have scored if I actually give him a decent ball.
“I feel somewhat responsible for the whole thing,” he added. “I think I feel sick to my stomach about it a little bit.”
Wayne, who was not hit on the play, immediately clutched his right knee and stayed on the ground for several minutes as Luck, longtime friend Antoine Bethea, other teammates, and a group of trainers gathered around.
After making the short walk to the Colts’ sideline, the man who had played in 189-consecutive games limped into the locker-room with tears in his eyes knowing that his season likely was over.