INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Devin Funchess’ first season with the Indianapolis Colts has been at least temporarily interrupted.
The veteran wide receiver will be placed on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left clavicle in Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Frank Reich confirmed Monday afternoon.
That means Funchess, one of Chris Ballard’s significant offseason free-agent acquisitions, must miss at least eight weeks before possibly returning.
“It’s definitely not season-ending,’’ Reich said. “It’s a tough break for Devin. We love Devin. Just felt like there was a growing chemistry between he and Jacoby (Brissett). He’s a big, strong guy.
“He’ll bounce back from this thing. In the meantime, it’s an opportunity for our younger players and the other guys on the roster.’’
The Colts kept six receivers active against the Chargers: T.Y. Hilton, Deon Cain, Parris Campbell, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal and Funchess. Funchess finished with three catches and 32 yards on five targets before suffering his injury in the final minute of regulation.
After spending four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Funchess signed a one-year contract with the Colts worth a maximum of $13 million including incentives.
He’s the latest wideout to suffer a significant injury.
During training camp, Steve Ishmael suffered a season-ending knee injury and Reece Fountain sustained a season-ending ankle injury.
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