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Colts lose Wayne for rest of season

Tue., Oct. 22, 2013, midnight

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday night’s win over Denver.

Wayne was injured in the fourth quarter as he tried to come back and catch a low pass. He was not hit on the play.

It’s a devastating blow for Indianapolis (5-2) and Wayne, the 35-year-old who became the ninth member of the league’s 1,000-catch club last week. Wayne had started 189 consecutive games, the longest streak among active receivers.

Coach Chuck Pagano would not say whether the AFC South-leading Colts would sign another receiver to replace Wayne during this week’s bye.

More tests for Packers’ Finley

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a significant neck injury in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns and needs more tests to determine the severity.

But McCarthy said that Finley is upbeat and “performing daily activities.”

Finley was taken to a hospital after being carted off the field following the hit from Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson during the 31-13 victory.

McCarthy was unsure how long Finley would be in the hospital. He said Finley remains in positive spirits.

Skins’ Meriweather punished

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended two games for a pair of helmet-first hits against the Chicago Bears Sunday.

The league announced that Meriweather will sit out this week against the Denver Broncos and the following game against the San Diego Chargers.

Meriweather was flagged for personal fouls on defenseless receivers in the third and fourth quarters of Sunday’s 45-41 win over the Bears.

Meriweather may not participate in any football activities with the team during the suspension.

Injury bug bites Bears

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks.

Coach Marc Trestman announced the news a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to Washington. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his shoulder.

Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman also left the game with a knee injury, and Chicago (4-3) lost for the third time in four games but will have a bye this week, giving them time to recover.

QB drama continues in Philly

Nick Foles has a concussion and Michael Vick is still recovering from a hamstring injury, leaving Philadelphia uncertain of a starting quarterback next week.

Foles was injured when he was sacked on the final play of the third quarter in a loss to Dallas on Sunday.

Vick has missed the last 2 1/2 games. If neither can play against the New York Giants, rookie Matt Barkley would make his first career start.

Barkley threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter in his first NFL action.

Around the league

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley has left the team to return home to Zumbrota, Minn., following the death of his father, Roy James Bradley, 85. DeWayne Walker took over interim coaching duties for the Jaguars, who will face San Francisco in London this weekend. Bradley could rejoin the team on Wednesday. … Tennessee released kick returner Darius Reynaud a day after he fumbled a punt in a loss against San Francisco, stopping an attempted fourth-quarter rally. … Pittsburgh has waived running back Isaac Redman and promoted LB Kion Wilson from the practice squad. … Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was traded from Baltimore to Miami for a conditional late-round draft pick, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. … The New York Jets have activated veteran QB David Garrard to the 53-man roster and released Brady Quinn. Garrard, 35, was removed from the reserve-retired list two weeks ago and placed on the exempt list, meaning he was eligible to practice and attend meetings.


 

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