Reggie Wayne Is Out For The Year After ACL Tear
The Indianapolis Colts were able to spoil Peyton Manning's homecoming by handing the Denver Broncos their first loss of the season, but they may have lost one of their most valuable weapons on offense in the process. WR Reggie Wayne has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, and he's going to get an MRI on his knee with the hopes that the doctors were wrong in their initial assessment.
One source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he "looks like he's out for the year," and another said that the team is hoping the MRI "proves the doctors wrong on the ACL."
Wayne went down midway through the fourth quarter of their win over the Broncos last night on an errant pass by QB Andrew Luck. If he is indeed done for the season, he'll finish the year with 38 receptions, 503 receiving yards and two touchdowns through seven games. T.Y. Hilton is expected to step into the starting role, and he'll likely be Luck's top target in the passing game.
Wayne has played in 189 consecutive games, which is the longest streak among active players. Perhaps father time is finally starting to catch up to the 34-year-old, who has been an ironman throughout his 13-year career.
There are several wide receivers potentially available via trade, and it wouldn't be surprising to hear if Colts GM Ryan Grigson is reaching out with feeler offers in the coming week. Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks and and Kenny Britt have all been mentioned in trade rumors, and those could be Grigson's top targets.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that an MRI confirmed an ACL tear for Wayne, and he's going to miss the rest of the year.