Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
Tom James of the Tribune Star, Colts.com's Kevin Bowen and Scout.com's Phillip Wilson have the latest on Wayne:
Colts injuries per Chuck Pagano: Reitz out; SBrown, Holmes, Walden are questionable; Harrison, Landry, Wayne, Cherilis are probable.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) September 5, 2014
Pagano says there are no restrictions for Reggie Wayne on Sunday night.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) September 5, 2014
#Colts’ Chuck Pagano: “I sleep better at night, knowing (WR Reggie Wayne) is suiting up and playing.”— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) September 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Mike Wells of ESPN reported on Reggie Wayne as he prepares for the Colts' season opener:
Reggie Wayne was held out for rest, Holmes limited and Jonotthan Harrison full practice— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) September 3, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
ESPN.com's Mike Wells has an update on Wayne after Saturday night's preseason contest:
“It was good to catch the football and get a real live game under my belt,” Wayne said. “There’s no way you can simulate that. That’s what I said last week. It was an opportunity for me to go out there, and there was some real live bullets flying at me so it was good. One down.”
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Colts.com's Steve Andress has the latest on Wayne's status:
Reggie Wayne is ACTIVE.— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) August 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Mike Wells of ESPN has Wayne's thoughts on the game:
Reggie Wayne: "I want to be out there with T.Y. Hilton, with Hakeem Nicks just to give people a glimpse of what they’re going to see."— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) August 21, 2014
Reggie Wayne said Pagano hasn't told him if he's playing vs. the Saints on Saturday. Wayne wants his 1st tackle to be in preseason game.— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) August 21, 2014
Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star has the latest on Wayne's status:
WR Reggie Wayne says he is ready to play Saturday night vs. the Saints. Now will Colts coach Chuck Pagano give the green light?— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) August 21, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Chuck Pagano updated Reggie Wayne's status for Indianapolis' next preseason game (via Kevin Bowen of Colts.com):
Pagano calls Reggie Wayne a game-time decision for Saturday night.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) August 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Phillip B. Wilson of Ind.Scout.com provides a statement from Colts head coach Chuck Pagano discussing Reggie Wayne's recovery and potential preseason debut:
'There’s a possibility,' Pagano said on a Sunday conference call. 'We’re managing that thing and keeping a close eye on him. From a physical standpoint, (we) make sure there’s not too much wear and tear on that knee early on and coming back and all those things.
We’re going to monitor him this week and see how he goes. If things go according to plan, there’s a possibility there, but again, we’ll make sure he’s ready for action.'
Wilson continued with additional insight on Wayne:
Wayne has made it clear, ever so respectfully during training camp interviews, that he’s ready. But he accepts he’ll play when Pagano says it’s time.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Reggie Wayne talked to Colts.com about the chances of him playing on Saturday vs. New York:
'I feel good. If I do get called, I’ll be ready.'
'If not, then hopefully the following week.'
Updates from Monday, Aug. 4
ESPN's Mike Wells provide a synopsis of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano discussing Reggie Wayne's status for Week 1 of the preseason:
Chuck Pagano said Reggie Wayne is the one player he definitely knows won't play against the New York Jets on Thursday— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) August 4, 2014
Kevin Bowen of Colts.com previously provided a statement from Wayne discussing his recovery:
As far as the rehab part, I've ran every route. Either it was here in Indiana, in Indianapolis or it was down in Miami. I've grabbed coaches and trainers down at the University of Miami and I've said, 'Alright, I know you wanted to be a DB at some point in your life, this is your chance to do it.' They did their best and I've done everything I wanted to do. I've run every route and there is nothing that's holding me back.
There's nothing that's keeps me from doing whatever it is they want me to do so I'm here. Knock on wood I stay on top of this and keep going from there.
Updates from Thursday, July 31
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star talked to Wayne about the status of his knee as he goes through workouts:
'Like I've been saying, so far, so good,' Wayne said following Thursday morning's walkthrough at Anderson University. 'I haven't had any problems, nothing out of the norm.'
'I haven't had any pain. Nothing has set me back.'
Wayne paused, and smiled.
'Just go out there and be the Reggie of old.'
Earlier Kevin Bowen of Colts.com talked to Reggie Wayne about his recovery from last season's knee injury:
Reggie Wayne: "I really don't want my 1st tackle to be in a regular season game." Says he isn't sure whether he will play in the preseason.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) July 31, 2014
There were some who thought Reggie Wayne's ACL tear would officially mark the end of his prime—if not his career altogether. If initial word out of Colts camp is correct, though, Wayne might be on the precipice of proving everyone wrong.
ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell was at Colts practice Monday and noted that Wayne seemed in excellent condition:
Watching him in practice today, would never have guessed WR Reggie Wayne is returning from ACL surgery. Looks amazing.— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) July 28, 2014
Wayne, 35, is nine months removed from suffering a torn ACL in a Week 7 win over the Denver Broncos last season. He had 38 receptions and 503 yards before going down with the injury, putting him on pace for what could have been his ninth 1,000-yard season in the last 10 years.
A six-time Pro Bowler, Wayne enters camp with some internal competition. The Colts signed former Giants star Hakeem Nicks this offseason and have T.Y. Hilton returning as their leading receiver. Last season was the first time since 2006 that Wayne did not lead the Colts in receiving. He sits behind only former teammate Marvin Harrison on the team's all-time receptions and yardage lists.
When Wayne entered camp last week, he made it very clear to everyone that nothing has changed. Famous for his extravagant entrances to camp, Wayne arrived in an Indy car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter. Fox Sports Live provided a photo:
Cleared by doctors for full participation, Wayne has also been in top form at practice, though he's still being held out of certain portions.
"This is what I worked hard for. This is all the two- and three-a-days and rehabbing and stuff like that. This is what it's about," Wayne told reporters after his first practice Thursday. "Today felt pretty doggone good."
The Colts enter 2014 with expectations of a deep postseason run. The Andrew Luck era has been met with back-to-back playoff berths, and last winter saw Indianapolis pull off a historic comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round. With Wayne, Nicks, Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen all healthy, Luck should have the deepest stable of weapons of his career.
Of course, that's only true if Wayne stays fully healthy and performs like a star. We're still a little more than a month away from finding out whether he still has what it takes when it counts, but it's so far so good coming out of Colts camp.
Given the mindset of most in October of last year, that's a promising sign.
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