Funchess broke his collarbone during Sunday’ loss to the Chargers, a source told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link). In a follow-up tweet, Pelissero reports that Funchess will get a second opinion, but as of right now surgery seems likely. It’s unclear at this time exactly how long he’ll be out, but obviously he’s going to miss some regular season action. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have a timetable. Funchess is in his first year with Indy after signing a one-year deal back in March.
The Colts gave Funchess $10MM in base money with another $3MM available in incentives, and they were hoping he could establish himself as the clear number two receiver they’d been missing behind T.Y. Hilton. The former Panthers second-round pick had three catches for 32 yards in his Colts debut before going down.
Funchess was up and down during his time with Carolina, although he was always clearly high on talent. His injury is the latest blow to a Colts offense that has had to deal with the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. With Funchess on the shelf, the team will likely count on Deon Cain for a bigger role. Cain had 35 yards in the opener, the second-most on the team behind Hilton.
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