Colts tight end Dallas Clark stepped out of the Washington game temporarily after he was targeted by Manning across the middle with Redskins safety LaRon Landry in coverage. He was visibly experiencing a little pain and was grabbing his wrist or hand. He managed to return to the game but John Oehser reports that Jim Caldwell has confirmed that Clark is having the hand evaluated.
It is worth mentioning that a rumor mill has started to spin out of control that Dallas Clark will miss the remainder of the season due to his injury. No credible source, no official confirmation, of any kind supports this rumor. The John Oehser tweet above already indicates that Jim Caldwell gave no sign that the injury was season-ending. Phil B. Wilson of IndyStar.com also reports that nothing in the Colts locker room supports the rumor. If readers have read the rumor elsewhere, be it on Twitter or other sports blogs, relax until something official is reported.
As Coltzilla reported earlier, Addai underwent a similar evaluation (which is normal in these circumstances) and now looks more likely to return sooner than folks may have originally thought. We will update you with anything official on Clark as we learn it. For now, the fact that he returned to the game should be considered a positive sign.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that Dallas Clark is out indefinitely with a hand/wrist injury. Clark will get second and third opinions before he makes any decision on how long he will be out.
Injury Expert Will Carroll tweets that the injury is a sprain and that Clark will be visiting doctors to determine if surgery is necessary.
News-Sentinel sports columnist Reggie Hayes tweets “Bill Polian, speaking in FW, says Dallas Clark’s wrist injury is “not a common one” and #Colts will know more later today.” Note: Bill Polian is in Fort Wayne, IN today as a keynote speaker with ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen at a “Taking your Business to the Next Profitable Level” forum.