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Chuck Pagano: I hate losing anyone, but Reggie Wayne really stings

Chuck Pagano, Reggie Wayne AP

Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had a close relationship with receiver Reggie Wayne since Pagano was a University of Miami assistant and Wayne was a Hurricanes player, and Pagano got a little emotional when describing his feeling about losing Wayne to a severe knee injury.

Pagano reflected on the way Wayne wore orange gloves to show his support during Pagano’s battle with leukemia last year, and now Pagano said he’s going to be the one supporting Wayne as he tries to get back to health.

“I think everybody has heard by now and knows that Reggie suffered an ACL tear. He’ll be lost for the season,” Pagano said. “We hate to lose anybody, but this one stings. See, you just don’t replace guys like 87. Again, we hate to lose anybody, 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 is going to say no way, but after the conversation I just had with him, just wait and see. So, we’ll all put on the gloves for Reggie and we’ll help him get through this and get him back.”

Although Wayne won’t play until 2014, Pagano said he wants Wayne to continue to be a team leader.

“He’s going to be there. He’ll miss, he’s going to have to go have something done surgically but I told him whether it’s on a stretcher, wheelchair, if we have to carry him in and out, he’ll be there every step of the way,” Pagano said.

Pagano said he tells young players that if they want to have a long career, Wayne is the man they should emulate.

“He’s a pro through and through,” Pagano said. “It’s easy for those young guys because I told them just get in his hip pocket and follow and do exactly what he does on a daily basis. You want to stick around for a long time? You want to be productive? You want to write your own legacy? You want to be a guy in the National Football League and not an also-ran, not just a guy that collects a paycheck and stuck around for a couple years. You want to be a guy? Then just do exactly what Reggie does. From a leadership standpoint, mentoring standpoint, all those kind of things, it’s off the charts. He’s not the only one. We got a locker room full of guys like that. So, that’s why it’s so important. In talking to him, he’ll be away and have to get that thing fixed, but he’s going to be with us every step of the way and he’s got to be right next to us.”

A torn ACL is a tough injury to rehabilitate from, and Wayne, who will turn 35 next month, may never get back the same kind of speed and explosiveness he once had. But Pagano says he’s certain that he’ll be coaching Wayne again next season.

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33 Responses to “Chuck Pagano: I hate losing anyone, but Reggie Wayne really stings”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    Just trade the 2015 1st Rounder for a WR.

  2. bucrightoff says: Oct 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Irsay being Irsay. and them overpaying how they did for Trent Richardson, I expect them to acquire Hakeem Nicks for a 2015 first round pick, and a 2014 and 2015 2nd round pick.

  3. richiebburg says: Oct 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    There’s no guarantee Reggie ever plays again, especially at a top level. He’ll be 35 next month, recovering from an acl is gonna be tough. Best wishes to him though. I’m sure Andrew Luck feels awful knowing his crappy pass may have ended the great 87s career

  4. nflman123 says: Oct 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    Huge loss for the colts. If Keenum improves off his impressive debut and beats the colts after the bye, look for the texans to make a run at the colts for the division.

  5. heeeeelzfan says: Oct 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Wayne is a class act. Likely a future Hall of Famer. For years his talent has been taken for granted. Indy now has taken some major hits on offense. Allen, Bradshaw, and now Wayne. Eventually, it adds up. Defense will have to play big for the rest of season.

  6. heyguru1969 says: Oct 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    Wayne and Pagano. Two class acts that represent the NFL well. Get better soon, 87.

  7. popcrowl says: Oct 22, 2013 12:45 PM

    Trade Trench Richardson for a WR. He stinks anyway

  8. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    This is a huge loss for Indy. Wayne was lights out vs Seattle a few weeks ago. Seemed like he converted 4 or 5 first downs.

  9. somethingsmellsrotten says: Oct 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    Yeah, it sucks that a bad pass led to the injury…good pass it’s a touchdown, but instead he had to reach back and his toe gets stuck in the turf. I’m sure Luck feels horrible.

  10. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    RWknee

  11. ufanforreal says: Oct 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    richiebburg says: Oct 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    There’s no guarantee Reggie ever plays again, especially at a top level. He’ll be 35 next month, recovering from an acl is gonna be tough. Best wishes to him though. I’m sure Andrew Luck feels awful knowing his crappy pass may have ended the great 87s career
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    Come on man, you think that’s the first time Reggie had to reach for that kind of pass?
    Luck does feel bad about what happen and he showed that after it happen but in NO way was it any of his doing.

  12. davikes says: Oct 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    Yeah, it was a bad pass, but the ACL was just bad luck. 99 times out of 100 Wayne is just fine after the same bad throw.

  13. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 1:03 PM

    Griffin wouldn’t have left it short. Luck is going to be as good as Gabbert now.

  14. bigfella87 says: Oct 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    Pagano is the epitome of a class act. Although the loss of Wayne is something that is definitely going to hinder the Colt’s O going forward, they’re resilient and will find a way to continue their development.

    Really missing Pagano though…

    Signed,

    A die hard Ravens fan

  15. ufanforreal says: Oct 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    RWknee
    Don’t even go there, you trying to compare that peon of QB that is your team to Reggie Wayne is laughable.

  16. buckybadger says: Oct 22, 2013 1:11 PM

    Even if this is true the coach shouldn’t say it. This injury is painful for everyone in that locker room and I understand that its more so for a player like Wayne but the team has to not think about it anymore. Coaches can’t think about what they have lost but what they have. Next man up is the only thing keep my Packers a float. Don’t let this ruin what looks to be a very good season. Don’t be hanging your heads, rally around who is playing now.

  17. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    ufanforeal: griffin has achieved more than RWknee has already. Heisman trophy, OROY, and many more accolades to come. Study before you make comments. You sound like peytonsneck.

  18. queeflatifah says: Oct 22, 2013 1:19 PM

    Trade Richardson back to Cleveland for josh Gordon

  19. baddegg says: Oct 22, 2013 1:24 PM

    Pagano is a class act.

    Wayne is a class character as well…I hope he makes it back.

    Of course, I’m sure that Jim Irsay will grace us with an inspiring tweet soon:

    “2 bad BUT it’s all a PART of the STRATEGY! Lookout lozerz! #imsuchafreakingenious”

  20. baddegg says: Oct 22, 2013 1:25 PM

    queeflatifah says:
    Oct 22, 2013 1:19 PM
    Trade Richardson back to Cleveland for josh Gordon

    ——————

    Heh. It’s actually looking like Cleveland may have gotten the better end of that trade now. Guess they knew something…

  21. joemontanaflaccid says: Oct 22, 2013 1:26 PM

    Skinsfolife:,you are right, RG111, wouldn’t have left it short, cause he never have would got it off, in the first place. Luck to Gabbert is laughable, RG to Gabbert is more realistic

  22. gostlcards5 says: Oct 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    @buckybadger: I get what you’re saying, but I disagree. I think that this is what Coach Pagano is saying. It stinks to lose Wayne, because he’s a great player, role model, professional, etc., and clearly some of that stems from their long relationship dating back to the U. However, he is saying that they’re going “to put the gloves on for Reggie”, meaning that they’re going to show their support, but part of that is showing it through their play. That’s how I read his comments anyway.

    On a side note, can anyone not read what Pagano says and see why he is so admired/respected. He really seems to be a top-notch guy.

  23. bingowyo says: Oct 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    How long before Hakeem Nicks is a Colt??

  24. chris6523 says: Oct 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    On a side note, can anyone not read what Pagano says and see why he is so admired/respected. He really seems to be a top-notch guy.

    _________________________________

    Gostlcards5, you hit the nail on the head man!!

    When I grow up, I want to play for a football team coached by Chuck Pagano. There is a cliche’ about a coach being a players coach and the conception is a guy that babies his players. Pagano blows that conception out of the water. Clearly, Pagano has the ability to relate to his players on a personal level, but he does it by motivating them to be more like the best and hardest working player on his team.

  25. qdog112 says: Oct 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    Stop the madness. Andrew acknowledges that his bad pass caused the injury. All this 99/100 times he doesn’t hurt himself is crazy talk.

    It takes just one errant ball thrown in the right location, while any receiver is forced to contort his body, to have dire results. That is what happened. It was an easy throw, that Luck understands he threw very poorly. Would a 25 year old Wayne have caught it, maybe – no damage. But reaching down and back, while moving away, is a hellava way to twist a human body.

    Andrew’s not stupid and probably realizes he just ended a HOF career. If he can acknowledge it, so should we.

  26. ufanforreal says: Oct 22, 2013 2:51 PM

    qdog112 says: Oct 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    Stop the madness. Andrew acknowledges that his bad pass caused the injury. All this 99/100 times he doesn’t hurt himself is crazy talk.
    ——————————————————
    He made a statement after the game that his pass may of helped caused the injury, so show me where he stated for a fact that it did besides neither he you or I are qualified to know either way.

  27. mf7krime says: Oct 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    Do these Redskins fans know how ridiculous they look coming into threads about the Colts to proclaim how much better Bob Griffin is than Andrew Luck?

    There’s no way they can be that delusional. Must be trolling. Must be. Right?

  28. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    It would seem as though chris6523 played for pagano at some time or another?

  29. freepretzels says: Oct 22, 2013 3:57 PM

    It is really hard not to like Chuck Pagano.

  30. skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 6:35 PM

    Right back at colt fans for their laughing at Griffin last year. If Griffin weren’t as good as Luck then please tell me how on earth he won awards over him? Luck will be grounded and grounded hard.

  31. ufanforreal says: Oct 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    ufanforeal: griffin has achieved more than RWknee has already. Heisman trophy, OROY, and many more accolades to come. Study before you make comments. You sound like peytonsneck.
    ——————————————————
    ROFLMAO, Heisman, luck of the draw, OROY, had to give the little guy something to help him in the big man sports.
    Btw speaking of accolades when he has ran for a 1000 yards for six years in row then say something, O and a SB.

  32. ufanforreal says: Oct 22, 2013 9:41 PM

    skinsfolife says: Oct 22, 2013 6:35 PM

    Right back at colt fans for their laughing at Griffin last year. If Griffin weren’t as good as Luck then please tell me how on earth he won awards over him? Luck will be grounded and grounded hard.
    ——————————————————
    You can have all those awards, Luck is going to win SB’s , in five years RGknee will be sitting on the pine or out of the game for good due to injuries.

  33. skinsfolife says: Oct 24, 2013 4:36 PM

    @ufanforreal
    What has Andy Luck ever won? I am sure he has to have a pee-wee trophy or two…. But besides that… What else? What makes you so sure he will win a Super Bowl? With RWknee out he doesn’t even have a number 2 receiver. Your rose colored glasses are going to turn grey. Grigson isn’t even a real GM. Good luck but I don’t see the colts winning 8 games with RWknee out.

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