Devin Funchess Will Not Return To Colts This Season

Devin Funchess Will Not Return To Colts This Season

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Devin Funchess Will Not Return To Colts This Season

Following Sunday’s loss to the Titans, Frank Reich confirmed that wide receiver Devin Funchess will not return in 2019. Why won’t Funchess play again this season?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The 2019 season for Devin Funchess will be just three quarters long.

That’s it.

Following Sunday’s loss to the Titans, Frank Reich confirmed that the broken collarbone Funchess suffered in the season opener is still not close to 100 percent healed.

With the Colts facing a Wednesday deadline of either bringing Funchess back onto the 53-man roster, or leaving him on IR for the remainder of the season, they will choose the latter.

An MRI late last week confirmed the news of Funchess’ 2019 campaign being over.  

“We were just more surprised that it didn’t heal faster,” Reich said of an injury that typically does not take this long to heal. When we got the results back and looked at the results, it was like, ‘Wow.’

“It wasn’t a hard decision because it wasn’t even close to where it needed to be."

Funchess first hurt his collarbone in the fourth quarter of Week One, as he landed on his left shouldler when trying to make a touchdown grab near the sideline.

Normally, players can return from collarbone injuries in around 2 months, but this healing process was nowhere close to that timeline.

“Devin was doing everything possible, our doctors and trainers did everything possible, just unexplainable why it didn’t heal faster,” Reich added. “I know everyone did everything they could to get him back as soon as we could. It just didn’t heal like we thought it would.”

The Colts got Funchess back to practice (in a non-contact jersey) on November 13th. That kick-started a 21-day window in which Funchess must be either brought back to the 53-man roster, or the Colts would leave him on IR for the remainder of the season.

Given that the Colts thought Funchess was okay enough to practice back in mid-November, they clearly felt like he would return at some point in 2019.

If there was any doubt, they could have waited a few more weeks for his practice return, thus delaying that 21-day deadline, which begins on the first day an injured reserve player starts practicing again.

With Funchess’ inaugural season in Indianapolis over, it clouds the pending free agency for the 25-year-old wideout coming in March 2020.

The Colts inked Funchess to a one-year deal, worth up to $10 million this past March.

But the big bodied wideout didn’t even finish one game this season.

With Sunday's news that now brings some longer-term questions to the Colts.

Would the wide receiver needy Colts want to take another shot on the 6-4 Funchess, who is still only 25 years old?

Or have they seen enough from taller wideout, wanting to move on and stay away from a multi-year deal for the former second-round pick?

In the short-term, a wide receiver group searching for more playmaking in the final quarter of the season won’t be getting it from Funchess.

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