Head coach Chuck Pagano revealed after Sunday’s 25-24 win at Cleveland in a postgame radio interview that Wayne has been battling through numerous injuries, including a “torn tri,” the first time a torn triceps has been mentioned.
“He's a selfless guy, and that's why he's fighting and playing through the stuff he's fighting through; knee, elbow, torn tri,” Pagano said.
Wayne missed a Week 8 game at Pittsburgh with an elbow injury. It's unknown officially when Wayne suffered a torn triceps, but it would explain his recent drop-off in production, as well as an unusually high number of drops for the once sure-handed target.
Wayne was targeted eight times against the Browns and had one 5-yard catch with three drops. That snapped his NFL record of consecutive games with at least three receptions at 82. The 36-year-old receiver extended his streak of at least one reception to 131 games.
The 14th-year pro can make Colts history Sunday when the Houston Texans (7-6) Lucas Oil Stadium. He’s tied with Peyton Manning for most games played in team history at 208 as well as most wins by a player at 141.
Wayne admitted earlier in the week in an exclusive interview with Mike Chappell of WRTV-6 that he’s considering retirement at season’s end, what he referred to as, “It’s time for family decisions.” He has three young children, including an 11-year-old son who is just starting to play football.
The fan favorite has caught 55 passes for 641 yards and two TDs this season. He’s had just eight catches for 46 yards in the past three games.
Should Wayne retire, he’ll go down as one of the Colts’ all-time greats. He has 1,061 receptions for 14,207 yards and 82 touchdowns in his career. He ranks second to Marvin Harrison on the all-time list in receptions (1,102), yards (14,580) and touchdown receptions (128).
Wayne holds team records with most receptions in a game (15 against Jacksonville in 2010) and most seasons leading the team in receiving yards at six (2007-2012).
Offensive right guard Joe Reitz was carted off the field with a left ankle injury. … Center Jonotthan Harrison exited in the first quarter with a burner. … Safety Mike Adams reached a career high with his fifth interception of the season. He also has two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble this season. … The Colts have won five in a row on the road against the Browns. … The Colts are 9-2 in December dating back to 2012. Denver is the only team better at 9-1. … Andrew Luck engineered his 12th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Luck passed Manning for first on two all-time franchise lists, most passing yards in the first three seasons (12,501) and most completions in the first three seasons (1,019). … Hilton’s 10 catches for 150 yards marked the 16th time he’s surpassed 100 receiving yards in his career, and sixth time this season. His 10 catches were one shy of his career high, set against Jacksonville last season. … Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal gave him a club-record seven consecutive field goals of 50-plus yards. He was tied with Cary Blanchard (1995-96). He has 15 50-yard-or-longer field goals for the Colts, three shy of Dean Biasucci’s team record. Vinatieri has made 27 field goals without a miss this season and 33 in a row dating back to last season. He’s nine shy of Mike Vanderjagt (2002-04) for the club record.
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