Making his return from an elbow injury, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne passed James Lofton for eighth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list during Monday's 40-24 win over the New York Giants, per Mike Chappell of RTV6 Indianapolis.
Wayne entered the game with exactly 14,000 receiving yards, needing just five to pass Lofton's career total of 14,004.
After failing to catch a pass on his team's game-opening field-goal drive, Wayne caught a ball for 11 yards on the second play of the next possession to move him past Lofton on the all-time list. The drive stalled out shortly thereafter, but Wayne would later make his impact felt with a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Colts a 30-10 lead.
The 35-year-old career-long Colt finished his night with four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, showing no ill effects from the elbow injury that prevented him from playing in a 51-34 Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now sitting at 14,070 receiving yards for his career, Wayne has a reasonable chance to move further up the all-time list this season, as he needs 511 yards to pass former teammate Marvin Harrison (14,580) in seventh place.
With 504 receiving yards through eight games this year, Wayne is averaging 63 per contest, which puts him on pace to finish the campaign with 14,511 for his career.