In the first half of today's game against the Bengals, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught a pass when he was wide open on a short crossing route. He was then tackled and slammed into the ground, and it looked like a bad hit on his arm/shoulder in the first place, but when he stood up and immediately waved for another player to come in as he ran to the sidelines with his arm at his side, concerns were magnified.
Reggie returned to the game a short while later, but he didn't look like the number 87 we're used to seeing. He dropped two wide open passes. The Colts became very active at getting him the ball in the fourth quarter to extend his 3-catch streak to 78 consecutive games, but he didn't really look great and after a couple of plays he was quick to grab that arm.
After the game, however, Reggie said he was fine. "I'm good now," he said. "I just kind of fell on it, fell on my arm. Go home, have an adult beverage and see how it feels in the morning."
Speaking of that beverage, it should be on Luck, since after all he led his receiver into a couple of big hits today. In all seriousness, though, it seems as if the Colts dodged a bullet and that Reggie Wayne is fine after a scare early on. Asked whether it was his arm or his elbow, Reggie said that, "it's a little bit of everything."
Head coach Chuck Pagano said it was an elbow injury. "He just fell funny on his elbow," Pagano said. "I think he kind of wrenched his elbow a little bit, but he's fine."
Reggie Wayne had a rough day on the field today, catching just 4 passes for 15 yards (3.8 yards per catch) on 8 targets, one of the least effective days that he has had in a long, long time. The good news, however, is that it seems he'll continue to be on the field and that his arm/elbow is fine. After a scare earlier today, that's encouraging news for the future Hall of Fame receiver.
Oh, and speaking of Reggie, not only did he extend his streak of 3+ catch games to 78 consecutive games, he also become just the ninth player in NFL history to record 14,000 career receiving yards. He's now five yards away from eighth place all-time. I have a good feeling he'll get that milestone next week.