The Indianapolis Colts on Sunday played their first game without Reggie Wayne in the lineup since the 2001 season. The All-Pro wide receiver tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos and is out for the season.
Though Wayne did not fly with the team to Houston for its Week 9 game against the Texans, the Colts did what they could to keep him in mind. According to NBC’s Michele Tafoya, the Colts kept Wayne’s usual seat open on the plane ride to Houston. Team owner Jim Irsay also had Wayne give a speech at a team meeting on Saturday night. Additionally, the Colts had Wayne serve as an honorary captain before the game and call the coin toss.
Wayne hung out on the team’s sidelines for part of the game before heading into the locker room. Prior to suffering the season-ending injury, Wayne had 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns.