Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark was put on injured reserve Friday and will have season-ending wrist surgery.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist,” Clark said in a statement released by the team. “I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season.”
Clark ranks third on the team with 37 catches for 347 yards after catching 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, when he made his first Pro Bowl and was named to the All-Pro team.
The Colts did not say how or when Clark was hurt, but he appeared to grab at his left wrist during a play in Sunday’s win at Washington.
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There are three other tight ends on the roster, including rookie Brody Eldridge (three catches, 23 yards). The others, Jacob Tamme and Justin Snow, have played mostly on special teams.
CRIBBS TO HARRISON: ‘DON’T CHANGE YOU’
Although he was the victim of one of Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s vicious hits, Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs had a softer message for his former college teammate at Kent State: “Don’t change you.”
“You’re a player, so play,” Cribbs said he told Harrison, his close friend. “Let refs ref. Let the NFL administration, let everyone do their jobs. If you get fined, just try to tailor yourself, but play the game. Don’t try to change who you are.”
Cribbs returned to practice Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was knocked out last Sunday by Harrison, who moments later flattened Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with a blow that earned him a $75,000 fine.
Massaquoi has not yet been cleared by Cleveland’s medical staff and is unlikely to play in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
Prosecutors in San Diego won’t charge former NFL star Junior Seau after his live-in girlfriend said she was assaulted. Journeyman quarterback Todd Bouman is expected to make his first start in nearly five years after the Jaguars ruled out starter David Garrard and listed backup Trent Edwards as questionable. The NFL still is investigating allegations that Vikings QB Brett Favre sent lewd photos and inappropriate text messages to a Jets employee two years ago. Titans QB Vince Young missed a third straight practice with a sprained left knee and ankle and is questionable to play against the Eagles. Raiders QB Jason Campbell’s injured left knee is improving and he is expected to be able to start against the Broncos.