INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Reggie Wayne did not take part in the team’s three-day mandatory mini-camp that concluded this afternoon. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he might have to hold him out during the early part of training camp next month.
“I mean you look at him, he looks phenomenal. You guys probably haven’t seen him work out and run, but he looks great. Again, I’d be shocked if he wasn’t ready,” said Pagano. “The only reason that he might not get reps early will be because of me if we decide to hold him back. He’ll be ready.”
Heading into his 13th season, the veteran wide receiver tore his ACL in the final minutes of the Colts’ Week 7 victory over the Denver Broncos last Ocotber. Wayne rehabbed his knee with the mindset of proving the doubters wrong about his ability to return from the severe injury at the age of 35. The six-time pro bowler said he’s ready to scrap with Pagano if he doesn’t get the green light come training camp.
“I’m planning on bringing some extra boxing gloves for me and Chuck. So whenever he tells me I can’t go, we’re just going to lace ‘em up [laughs]. But I feel great, I can’t wait until camp. This is going to be a long 34 days for me,” said Wayne. “I’m excited where I am. I’m excited where this team is right now. I’ve been watching them practice, watching them on film whenever I wasn’t around. I really like where we are. I really think we’ve got a pretty good team. Chuck always tells us, ‘The sky is the limit,’ for this team and what we can do. Hopefully, we can just put it all together and I will make sure that I’m part of it.”
Wayne doesn’t have to prove he can play the game, just that he can be his old self. Wayne said there’s no shortage of motivation.
He needs 97 receptions and 1,015 yards to break Marvin Harrison’s franchise records. He’s in the final year of his contract and has made no secret of his desire to demonstrate he’s no ordinary 35-year-old football player. Wayne understands though, that it is still a team game and is excited to see how good the offense can be this year.
“We can do some awesome things. I really believe that it will be a disappointment if we’re not in the top five offensively in the league this year, because we have that good of a group,” said Wayne. “Once we go out there and kind of get our feet wet a little bit, we can kind of hit the field running.”