Even though Indianapolis will be matched up with the Chicago Bears this Sunday in the Super Bowl, it has been a tough year on the Indianapolis Colts.

Closer to home, Waxahachie’s own Montae Reagor was lost for the season due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident while on his way to the RCA Dome in Miami to play a game againat the Washington Redskins.

With the loss of Reagor, the Colts not only lost a starter at defensive tackle but a seasoned team veteran and leader. The defense immediately became suspect as Indianapolis could not stop the run — a problem for teams hoping to go deep into the playoffs.

The good news for the Indianapolis Colts is that Reagor was called into coach Tony Dungy’s office earlier this week and informed he could suit up for the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, he attended NFL media day with his teammates.

“I was at church when the accident happened on Oct. 22,” Reagor’s mother LeVita Bell stated. “Montae was on his way to the stadium for the game with the Washington Redskins when a lady in a car failed to yield the right of way. She must have been trying to take a shortcut or something. Just a couple of cars back was a deputy sheriff who witnessed the whole thing. Just behind the sheriff was a car with Polian (Colt President Bill Polian) and Irsay (Colt owner Jim Irsay). Montae kicked his way out of the car and asked Mr. Polian to call me. The president of the Colts called me and I was able to go up there the next day.

“Montae was all right from the neck down, but he had a fractured orbital bone on the left side of his face,” Ms. Bell stated. “But he looks good now. He lost some weight but has been able to put it back on by working out. He looks and acts like himself.

“He won’t be able to play defensive tackle, but maybe he will be able to do some special teams or something toward the end of the game,” his mother said.

Colt all pro defensive end Dwight Freeney, while answering questions at media day on Tuesday said he was glad to see Reagor on the field and in uniform to have his photo taken.

“Montae is a part of this team. He helped build the franchise. To see him out here with us today is an inspiration. We could lose what we have at any time. We must maximize every experience and never minimize. It is a gift to play in the NFL and it could be taken away from us in a moment,” Freeney said.

Reagor is in his eighth season in the NFL, the last five with Indianapolis. He was a second round draft pick out of Texas Tech in 1999 by the Denver Broncos. At Tech, Reagor was a four-year starter and a consensus All-American and All-Big 12 first-team selection.

While at Waxahachie High School, Reagor was a member of the state championship football team, an all-stater and most valuable player for the Tribe.

He also won the silver medal in the state track meet in discus. He won the district title three times in discus and also was a starting forward on the Runnin’ Indians basketball team.

E-mail Jim at jim.perry@waxahachiedailylight.com