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Reggie Wayne: "I'll be Ready Next Week"

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne injured his groin in the win today over the Titans, but according to's Kevin Bowen, Wayne said after the game that, "I'll be ready next week" for the playoffs.

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In the second quarter of this afternoon's win over the Titans, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw the ball to wide receiver Reggie Wayne.  The veteran receiver made a great catch and was off to the races, going 80-yards and being tackled at the one yard line.  The 80-yard play was a career-long pass for the third-year quarterback (Luck) and a career-long reception for the fourteen-year receiver (Wayne), and on that play Luck passed Peyton Manning for the most passing yards in a single season in Colts franchise history.

On that play, however, Wayne was injured.  He fell to the ground and laid in the end zone for a few moments before getting up and walking back to the sideline, appearing to be holding his groin.  The injury was officially announced as a groin injury and he was questionable to return, though he didn't come back.  On the sideline, however, he appeared to be fine, and after the game he confirmed it.

This from Kevin Bowen of

With the Colts hosting a playoff game next weekend, it's no surprise that Reggie Wayne has said he'll play.  It didn't appear to be a serious injury from the look of Wayne on the sideline during the game, but after the game Wayne said that he'll be ready when the playoffs roll around in a week.

This also from Reggie Wayne, per Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star:

Pagano joked after the game that, "I thought he just ran out of gas but he actually did have a groin down there at the end."  It might have been a little of both, but regardless it was a great play and great to see from Wayne, who had been having some struggles on-the-field recently.  He caught two passes for 91 yards in limited work today (as he left early in the second quarter with the groin injury) and finished the regular season as second on the team in both receptions (64) and receiving yards (779).  He's been dealing with injuries for most of the season (elbow and torn triceps) but the groin injury was a new one, though not appearing to be serious.  Reggie Wayne said he'll play next week, which is good news for the Colts.

Additionally, offensive linemen A.Q. Shipley (ankle) and Hugh Thornton (shoulder) left today's game with injuries, as did safety Sergio Brown (hand).  Chuck Pagano said after the game that they will be evaluated and that the Colts will have more information in the coming days on those injuries.