When Chuck Pagano spoke to Reggie Wayne on the morning after a season-ending knee injury the Indianapolis Colts coach became emotional at the thought of losing his Pro Bowl receiver.
But Pagano came away from that conversation with a feeling of confidence.
“You just look in the man’s eyes” Pagano said. “When he tells me he’s going to do something I can just look in his eyes. I’ve known him a long time and watched him work over the years. He says he’ll be back. I trust he’ll be back.”
Wayne who turns 35 next month has a streak of 189 consecutive games played. He suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. That injury typically requires surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation that would extend well into the offseason.
An emotional Pagano stood at a podium announcing the news during his Monday press conference and through his unsteady voice the impact of this loss was clear.
“We’ve known each ...