Updated 1:30 p.m.
The Indianapolis Colts have confirmed that 6-time Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday night's game. During his afternoon press conference, head coach Chuck Pagano said Wayne will be out for the rest of the season.
Wayne had played in 189 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. The last time he didn't take the field was during his rookie year in 2001.
Pagano said he told Wayne he would fight for him, repaying the way Wayne fought for Pagano last year while he was being treated for leukemia. The coach was also confident the 34-year old Wayne would be back in uniform.
Colts.com contributor Kevin Bowen tweeted this quote from the press conference.
Pagano on Wayne coming back: "He's not going out like this. He's not going to leave this game like this. There's no way."— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) October 21, 2013
The Colts spoiled Peyton Manning's homecoming, and knocked off an undefeated team, but they may have lost one of their leaders for the season in the process.
Reggie Wayne injured his right knee while trying to scoop up an underthrown pass from quarterback Andrew Luck with 7:15 to go in the fourth quarter, and had to leave the game.
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reports this morning that the early diagnosis is not good.
The Indianapolis Colts were bracing for the worst after initial tests by doctors showed that receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Sunday night's victory over the Denver Broncos, according to league sources.
One source said it "looks like he's out for the year" while another said the team was hoping the MRI "proves the doctors wrong on the ACL."
The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Wayne was having an MRI on his knee this morning.
As we speak, #Colts WR Reggie Wayne is having an MRI, per source. The initial belief was serious knee injury, but should know for sure soon— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2013
The 34-year old reciever, who has played in 189 consecutive games, immediately grabbed his knee as he twisted to the ground. He stayed huddled on the turf, face down, as the team's trainers and doctor's rushed to his side. The crowd went quiet, and then offered its support, chanting "Reggie, Reggie, Reggie."
Wayne did eventually walk off the field, but he was escorted to the locker room a short time later. NBC's Michele Tafoya reported during the game that the 6-time Pro Bowler was "inconsolable" as he was examined on the sideline, and had tears in his eyes as he left the field.
Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter in the early morning hours Monday to offer his support and ask fans to pray for the future Hall of Famer.
Prayers and much love for #87 Reggie...let's pray his right knee gets miracle news!!!!!! Love that man and pray for good news!!!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013