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Reggie Wayne: “My Plan Is To Be Ready For Training Camp”

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Intro: When the Colts reconvene at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on April 21st, Reggie Wayne will be back in the building ready for his 14th NFL season. When can Colts fans expect Wayne to return to the football field?



INDIANAPOLIS –In an offseason that has been unlike any other in Reggie Wayne’s 14 NFL seasons, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

That light is shining even brighter with a target date of April 25th, six months removed his 2013 ACL surgery, marked as a timetable to be cleared for football activities.

“I am ahead of schedule,” Wayne said on Tuesday afternoon.

“I feel great. I couldn’t be happier than where I am right now. Everything seems to be going at a great rate.”

 

Wayne made the local media rounds on Tuesday to tell fans how they can help him fight back against cancer. On Friday, April 18th, Wayne will host “An Evening with Reggie Wayne and Friends” at Dunaway’s in downtown Indianapolis.

The event will precede Wayne returning to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center to take the next step in the most trying offseason he has had since entering the NFL in 2001.

The two and three times a day rehabilitation process for Wayne has kept him extremely busy since tearing his ACL against Denver on Oct. 20.

Down in Florida for the final few days of the 2014 offseason, Wayne joked that the doctors and trainers see the 35-year old wide receiver about as often as his family.

A driving force behind Wayne’s strenuous rehab is what’s going on at the place he has called home for his entire NFL career.

The window is closing on a potential Hall of Fame resume for Wayne but chances still remain at another Lombardi Trophy.

That’s why Wayne was all smiles when he heard the news that another Super Bowl Champion in wide receiver Hakeem Nicks would be joining the Colts.

“We talked on the phone and he was hyped,” Wayne said of Nicks. “The first thing he said was ‘I can’t wait to get to the Super Bowl.’ That’s what you want to hear.”

“I really think this pickup can be special. He’s a big target. He has great catching skills. He can really keep the chains moving and make big plays down the field. I really don’t think there’s one guy that can cover him one-on-one to be honest with you.”

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Wayne is also hoping to be back on the field with an offensive weapon he’s seen way too much in the training room.

“I need a fresh Dwayne Allen that’s what we need too,” Wayne said on Tuesday.

“I’m excited for Dwayne. I know that he’s working extremely hard in his rehab. We are both in the training room beside each other on a daily basis along with everybody else. I just hope that we get everybody back together and in full force.”

First things first though for Wayne and that is No. 87 getting himself back onto a field where he’s hauled in 1,000 career catches.

In past years, Wayne’s entrance to training camps has been a must-see event and that won’t change in 2014.

“My plan is to be ready for training camp,” Wayne said. “I don’t think there will be any problem with that. Hopefully I will be out there with a brand new knee and ready to go like always.”

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