INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Reggie Wayne is out for the season after he tore his ACL on a low fourth quarter catch against the Broncos Sunday night.
Dr. Stephen Kollias, a surgeon with Ortho Indy is not treating Wayne, but has seen the injury time and time again.
“You see somebody land the way they land and you can tell almost immediately what happened to them,” said Kollias.
Kollias was at Sunday night’s game.
“I had about five people say, 'hey, doc what happened?' I said, 'it's not good.'"
What he thought Sunday night, was confirmed by team doctors Monday. Wayne, who hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2001, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
The injury is one that most often happens with no contact.
“This has nothing to do with use, it has to do with just the wrong force at the wrong time. And you don't know why it happens because they've done this same movement thousands of times, but the one time they do it maybe just a little bit off is when it fails,” said Kollias.
He says it will probably take wo weeks for Reggie’s knee to calm down so his doctor can operate. The tear has to be repaired with a graft that can come from a hamstring, or even a cadaver.
“The graft doesn't matter, what matters is that you put it in the right place. You have the right rehab and then the person has to heal it,” said Kollias.
And, how the ACL heals is up to the body.
“It has to take this tissue that you take from another part of your body and make it you again. (It heals) by putting new tissue, new DNA, new cells. And that happens and that takes time. I hate to bring up Peyton, he was just here yesterday, but it took him time to recover,” said Kollias.
Dr. Kollias says the good news is the recovery rate is really high, and with the support of the Colts resources, Reggie should make an excellent recovery within eight or nine months.
“It doesn't matter if the athlete is a pro, or an elite high school player, or just an everyday Joe, we're all the same. Tissues heal the same,” said Kollias.
Dr. Kollias says you can expect to see Reggie back on the field during camp in July.
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