There’s a chance that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck might be without one of his weapons Sunday at Heinz Field when he takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers as veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne is currently dealing with an elbow injury suffered this past Sunday.
Wayne was reportedly not practicing Wednesday during the portion of practice that was open to the media. It should be stated, however, that Wayne normal gets Wednesday off, so he more than likely was inside the Colts facility receiving treatment on his injured elbow.
According to a Tuesday report by the Associated Press, Wayne said during weekly radio show that he would do everything in his power to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. He also indicated that he’s still waiting for MRI results on his injured left elbow.
Wayne enters Week 8 with 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown. 12 of those catches have come on third down this season and 11 of those resulted in a first down.
If Wayne winds up not playing Sunday against the Steelers, Hakeem Nicks figures to be the one to replace him in the starting lineup. Hicks, however, has only caught 17 passes so far this season. He’s been targeted 31 times in total.
In addition to Nicks, rookie wide receiver Donte Moncrief would likely see extra playing time as well should Wayne miss the game. Moncrief has caught nine passes for 103 yards so far this season.
Regardless of who does or doesn’t play Sunday for the Colts, the Steelers will still have the chore of containing wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Hilton has already caught 47 passes for 711 yards this season and 10 of his catches have gone for 20 yards or more.