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Darrius Heyward-Bey expected to miss a week or so

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The Colts signed veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Monday, a move that caught plenty of attention with a game against the Patriots on the horizon.

There was more to the decision than just getting good dinner recommendations around Gillette Stadium from a former Super Bowl MVP who had his best days with your next opponent. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday, via Mike Wells of, that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to miss a week or so because of a hamstring injury suffered against the Chiefs.

Heyward-Bey has seen his playing time on offense sharply reduced in recent weeks as the Colts have looked to Da’Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill alongside T.Y. Hilton. He’s become a regular member of their special teams unit as a result and his absence was obviously concerning enough to the Colts that they added both Branch and Josh Lenz to the roster.

Pagano confirmed as much when he said the team felt a need for legs at receiver with Heyward-Bey out and added that he thinks Branch will have an “easy transition” to the Colts offense.

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14 Responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey expected to miss a week or so”
  1. primenumber19 says: Jan 6, 2014 5:11 PM

    Oh no not that guy said no one.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 6, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’d be surprised if they activated Branch for the next game. They have enough bodies and the 2 injuries are going to be defensive positions that have to be replaced. Branch makes the 6th WR so he’s probably just emergency insurance in case they have one more injury in the next game.

  3. 49erfan44 says: Jan 6, 2014 5:13 PM

    I remember raider fans saying he was better than Crabtree… Not so much.

  4. dmc1542 says: Jan 6, 2014 5:24 PM

    A week or so? It’s not like we’re in week 5 here, Chuck!

  5. jammer73 says: Jan 6, 2014 5:28 PM

    Darrius-Heyward BUST

  6. ravenswhat says: Jan 6, 2014 5:38 PM

    Can you imagine if a guy like anquan Boldin had this guy’s height and speed? Wasted.

  7. 4ever19 says: Jan 6, 2014 5:50 PM

    DHB as a WR – not so much. That was obvious before the Colts picked him up. It’s only been emphasized during this season. BUT … the man has come through as a special teams beast and deserves his props for that.

  8. calvinisthobbesian says: Jan 6, 2014 5:57 PM

    Darrius Heyward-Bey will be out? How will anyone be able to tell?

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 6, 2014 6:20 PM

    I honestly thought he had been on IR for awhile.

  10. turtlehut says: Jan 6, 2014 6:59 PM

    Darrius Heyward-Bey probably got hurt while helping host News Years Eve in Times Square where his job was to drop the ball.

  11. gohawks7 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:01 PM

    I wonder if Darrius “cement hands” Heyward-Bey knows the real reason he isn’t playing in the playoffs?

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 6, 2014 7:02 PM

    Can you make it 3-5 weeks, Darrius?



  13. raiderapologist says: Jan 6, 2014 8:12 PM

    I watched that game and didn’t realize he was active. Thanks, Al.

  14. regulatedmilitia says: Jan 7, 2014 11:50 AM

    Jerry just go away and keep meddling with your billion dollar toy the Cowboys and keep preventing them from ever playing in the playoffs. You are doing a spectacular job.

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