Wayne went down with a non-contact injury after Luck threw short to him on a 3rd and 1 pass. The short pass caused Wayne to stop abruptly in an effort to come back and catch the ball. Wayne appeared to twist his knee in the process.
The team called the knee injury a sprain. Wayne looked like he was crying when showed by NBC walking into the tunnel.
In a postgame interview with NBC’s Michele Tafoya, Luck blamed himself for the injury.
“It was my fault. Terrible throw,” Luck said with disgust in his voice. “We know he’s a fighter and he’s our team leader, so it hurts when he’s not out here.”
Wayne had 5 catches for 50 yards prior to the injury. He has 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns on the season and has been the team’s most consistent receiver. We’re expecting to learn that Wayne is out for the season. T.Y. Hilton will have to step up in his absence. I’d say that Coby Fleener and Darrius Heyward-Bey do too, but those guys both have so many problems with drops I know you can’t rely on them. This is a big loss for Indy.
Below is video of Luck’s interview with Tafoya: