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Wayne battled severe cramping during Colts' final drive

Oct. 8, 2012
 

If the Packers surrendering the game-winning touchdown to Reggie Wayne on the Colts’ final drive Sunday wasn’t enough, the 33-year-old wide receiver did so despite suffering severe discomfort in the waning moments of the 30-27 upset.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Mike Silver (http://yhoo.it/VPydQB), Wayne was fighting severe leg cramping prior to catching the 4-yard pass from Andrew Luck to cap the come-from-behind win over the Packers. Wayne finished with a career-best 212 receiving yards on 13 receptions.

During the final drive alone, Wayne had five catches for 64 yards as the Packers struggled to find an answer for him defensively. That included on third-and-long situations where Wayne had had two separate 15-yard receptions to sustain the final drive with one coming against Packers’ Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson.

The win was the Colts’ first under interim coach Bruce Arians, who took over head-coaching duties after first-year coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia last week. He’s been undergoing treatment since Sept. 26 and watched Sunday’s game from his hospital room at IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

“Charles Woodson’s one of the top corners out there,” Wayne to Silver. “I’ve got nothing but respect for him. He plays hard, to the whistle, and he’s a Hall of Famer.

“But today, as a team, we had to give that extra effort. I know I had to sacrifice my body to get it done for Chuck. I was cramping up on that last drive – I never cramp, but I was hurting pretty bad. But I had to give everything I had, because this was too important.”

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