FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Darrius Heyward-Bey will be best remembered as a former top-10 pick who started the season as the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 2 receiver, was demoted, became a special-teams ace and missed the team’s last game of the season -- unless the Colts beat the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff game Saturday.
Heyward-Bey has been ruled out of the game against the Patriots because of a hamstring injury, which happened in the wild-card game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Don’t get me wrong, Heyward-Bey is a nice guy. It’s hard not to like him. He’s very polite and he has some clever riddles that always seem to stump you. Those were supposed to be added bonuses Heyward-Bey brought to the Colts this season. But his play on the field was the focal point.
Unfortunately his niceness overshadowed his on-the-field production.
Heyward-Bey hasn’t caught a pass since the Cincinnati game on Dec. 8. That was four games ago. He caught his lone touchdown against Denver on Oct. 20. Reggie Wayne was still playing then.
I’m sure Heyward-Bey wants his teammates to beat the Patriots for more than one reason: to advance to the AFC Championship Game and so that he can play another game with the Colts -- if his hamstring improves -- as the two sides will likely part ways once the season ends.