Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Friday.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist,” Clark said. “I have met with three great surgeons, Dr. (Arthur) Rettig of the Colts, Dr. (Thomas) Wiedrich in Chicago and Dr. (Thomas) Graham in Cleveland. All three have helped me and my family out tremendously during this process. I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season.”
Clark caught six passes for 52 yards in Sunday night’s win over the Washington Redskins, and has 37 receptions for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns on the 2010 season.
The former first-round pick (24th overall) out of Iowa caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.
In 104 career games, Clark has 393 receptions for 4,535 yards and 44 touchdowns. In 12 career playoff games, Clark has 64 receptions for 847 yards and four touchdowns, including 11 for 122 in two Super Bowls.
Indianapolis re-signed tight end Gijon Robinson earlier this week, and he, Jacob Tamme, and fifth-round pick Brody Eldridge (3-23-0) will attempt to replace Clark’s Pro Bowl-level production.
Tamme has no receptions this season, but caught six passes for 47 yards between 2008 and 2009, his first two seasons in the league after being selected by the Colts in the fourth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.