The Indianapolis Colts pulled off a victory many believed was not possible. Peyton Manning's homecoming was filled with sentiment, adulation and perseverance. The Colts worked hard on all sides of the ball to make the win a reality. As an unfortunate proof of their effort, the team suffered a number of injuries. The most significant loss to the Colts' roster was veteran WR Reggie Wayne.
Wayne suffered a season-ending torn ACL during the Colts upset over the Broncos. The injury occurred when Wayne attempted to adjust to a low-thrown ball. Following the game, Colts QB Andrew Luck took fault in the injury.
On the Colts' website, Luck said"After the game, a big part of me felt like it was a loss in a sense because of what happened to Reggie, and my involvement in it."
Wayne's contribution to Indianapolis is undeniable. Prior to his injury, Wayne has had 1,006 career receptions for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns for the Colts.
When the Colts released Manning and a number of other players in 2012, Wayne stepped up as a leader among the sea of new young talent. The veteran receiver chose to stay in Indianapolis to help transition the Colts into a new era.
The Colts have earned a reputation supporting their own as they work through hardships. There is no doubt that Wayne will remain an important part of the team, despite his placement on IR. Colts fans should expect to see him doing what he does best, encouraging and leading, even if its only from the sidelines.
"He'll be back," Pagano went on. "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. We'll all put on the gloves for Reggie and we'll help him get through this and get him back."