The Indianapolis Colts today waived tight end Dominique Jones from the active roster and released fullback Robert Hughes from the practice squad.
Jones played in six games (two starts) this season and caught two passes for 34 yards. For his career, he has appeared in 10 games (three starts), recording three receptions for 42 yards. Jones was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012.
Hughes was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 10, 2013. He has appeared in one game this season, catching one pass for six yards. In 2012, he played in five games (one start) with the team and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown and placed wide receiver Reggie Wayne on Injured Reserve.
Brown, 6-1, 204 pounds, recorded 22 tackles (20 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 13 special teams tackles in 29 games played (two starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft and was waived on September 1, 2013. For his collegiate career at Colorado, Brown appeared in 49 games (28 starts) and totaled 167 tackles (113 solo), 24 passes defensed, six interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
Wayne caught 38 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns in seven starts this season. He compiled a streak of 189 consecutive games played since his rookie season in 2001, which ranked second among all active players in the NFL. Wayne also posted an NFL-record 71 consecutive games with three-or-more receptions, dating back to the first game of the 2009 season. For his career, he has recorded 1,006 receptions for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns in 196 games played (182 starts).
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Denver.
His contributions will only grow moving forward but on Sunday night, Darrius Heyward-Bey had arguably his best game in a Colts uniform.
DHB caught four passes for 44 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.
On the play, the threat of DHB in motion taking a handoff caused confusion for the Broncos defense. DHB then motioned back to the left side of the field and Luck found him for a well-executed touchdown.
“The last couple of games we’ve been running some reverses and we just wanted to give that look and get back out in the flat,” DHB said of his first touchdown with the Colts.
“Reggie (Wayne) said he had me on the block and I was able to get into the end zone. I give it up to the O-line, Reg and Coach Pep (Hamilton) for calling the play.”
Later in the game, DHB did take a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 30-yard gain.
“It felt great,” DHB said of his season-long rush. “The O-line did a great job blocking and Reg did a great job blocking down the field. When you see that open up, you just got to go.”
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for the remainder of the season, DHB’s role will only expand over the final nine games.
The Colts are sitting at 5-2 heading into the bye week and it’s wins like Sunday night that are a major reason why DHB signed with the Colts this season.
“Any win is big. In this league, it’s tough to win,” DHB said after the game. “Everybody is good so if you can get a win and play well, that’s big.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Outside Linebacker Erik Walden had a hand in all three Colts turnovers on Sunday. Walden hit Peyton Manning’s throwing arm on a fourth quarter pass that rocketed the ball up into the air and Pat Angerer eventually caught the interception. Walden also forced a goal line fumble in the fourth quarter to help the Colts preserve their nine-point victory.
–Safety LaRon Landry was back in the starting lineup after he missed the past month. Landry had six tackles, including several critical stops in the open field.
–Fullback Stanley Havili impacted the game in several ways on Sunday. Havili forced a fumble on punt coverage and had two tackles on special teams. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to give the Colts a 19-14 lead that they would not lose.
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The joy of the Colts prime time win on Sunday night was quickly hit with the reality of losing Reggie Wayne for the rest of the season. Today’s news looks at the impact of Wayne’s loss on the Colts.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 22nd.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
An emotional Chuck Pagano addressed the media on Monday afternoon to announce Reggie Wayne being lost for the season due to an ACL injury.
“We hate to lose anybody, but this one stinks,” Coach Chuck Pagano said. “You just don’t replace guys like (number) 87. But he’ll be back. I know how he’s wired. I know what his DNA is. I know how he is as a man. Everybody’s going to say ‘No way,’ but after the conversation I just had with him, just wait and see.”
Wayne’s streak of 189 consecutive games played will end when the Colts return from their bye week to play the Houston Texans on Nov. 3. Washington linebacker London Fletcher has the longest active streak at 246 games played.
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s win, when Wayne came out of a break to catch a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and his knee buckled. There was no contact on the play, but Wayne immediately fell to the ground and clutched his knee.
The Colts will lose a great player, one who last week against the San Diego Chargers made his 1,000th reception. But Indianapolis also loses a crucial locker room leader.
“We’ve known each other for a long, long time,” Pagano said. “Again, the way he is, the first thing out of his mouth is he feels like he let his teammates down because he can’t be there now. That’s how unselfish this guy is. He couldn’t give a hoot about the numbers. He just wants to play and help us win a championship.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
With the news of Wayne out for the season, that brings the number to five offensive players the Colts have lost due to season ending injuries.
But the latest player to go on the list of having a season-ending injury — veteran Reggie Wayne — hit home inside the Colts’ organization. You saw it as a handful of Wayne’s teammates, including Robert Mathis and Andrew Luck, stood around him while he was on the ground in pain with less than eight minutes left in Sunday’s victory over the Denver Broncos. You saw it again when Wayne slapped his hand on the bench in obvious frustration as the team’s medical staff tended to him on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium. And you really saw it when Pagano, the always positive motivator, struggled to talk about making up for the loss of Wayne.
“I’ll put the gloves on now that he wore a year ago, I’ll wear them now, and so will the rest of the team,” Pagano said. “We’ll get through this. We’ll be there every step of the way.”
To the outside world, Wayne is a receiver who has played in 189 consecutive games, caught 1,006 passes for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns in his 13-year career. But Wayne means more than just those numbers to the Colts. He’s the one who would speak up when necessary to make sure things didn’t get off track or do little things like asking questions during the annual referee meeting despite having the same meeting every sesaon.
You can’t just anoint any player to step up in Wayne’s absence because there is no replacing Reggie Wayne. The Colts know that, too, that’s why you could hear the pain of losing him when they talked.
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