Clark, a Pro Bowl selection in 2009 and the NFL's leading receiver among tight ends, will have wrist surgery next week and be placed on injured reserve, the Colts announced early Friday afternoon.
"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 Friday by the Colts, who are off this week and next play at home against the Houston Texans on Monday, Nov. 1. ...
"I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season."
Clark sustained the injury against the Washington Redskins this past Sunday.
The Colts currently have three healthy tight ends on the roster: third-year veteran Jacob Tamme, rookie Brody Eldridge and third-year veteran Gijon Robinson, the latter of whom re-signed with the Colts early this week after starting at H-Back the last two seasons. Eldridge has taken over the H-Back role this season.
Tamme, a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, has caught six regular-season passes for 47 yards in a three-year career.
"Certainly, the guys that we have are the guys will have to adjust and slide into position to make certain we can sort of fill in for Dallas who's left a vacancy," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Thursday.
Clark caught 37 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns this season, and last season became the second tight end in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in a season. He also had 1,106 yards receiving last season.
"The bottom line is we have to step up, get in there, have some fun and do some good things,' Tamme said. "We're obviously our best team with Dal."
The Colts are dealing with injuries elsewhere around the roster, too. Wide receiver Austin Collie is expected to miss a few weeks after undergoing hand surgery. Running back Joseph Addai has a shoulder injury and it's unclear how it will affect his status for Houston.
Defensive tackle Antonio Johnson also underwent knee surgery this week.
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