Despite rumors that wide receiver Reggie Wayne would need more time to heal after his ACL reconstruction, he is back with the team and appears to be as ready as ever. Although he was cleared for activity as early as April, it is only recently that he has joined the team for offseason work.
In fact, Wayne is so pumped up that Coach Pagano has been joking about hiring more security to keep him from getting on the field too much. Andrew Luck has also praised his return, saying, "He's going to be back and better than ever doing things that the 35-plus-year-year-olds shouldn't be allowed to do on this earth. He's a freak."
With 13 seasons under his belt with the Colts, the possibility of a season without him hardly seems like a season at all. In his last season, he earned the 3rd-longest-streak for consecutive starts as a wide receiver, and became the 9th receiver to achieve more than 1,000 receptions. Only a week after that achievement, he tore his ACL, leaving him out of action for the rest of the season.
At the age of 35, many were skeptical about Wayne's return, especially since he missed early OTAs. But his famous drive and work ethic have brought him back on the field and into uniform. Although the recent team activity has been exclusively non-contact, initial statements from Pagano and other players have been unanimously positive.
The Colt's training camp begins July 23 at Anderson University, where Wayne will be tested even further.Tags: Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Reggie Wayne