INDIANAPOLIS – Practice for the Colts regular season opener is in the books after Friday morning's 90-minute session.
The Colts will have a walk-through on Saturday morning before the team departs for Denver in the afternoon.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano and Reggie Wayne talking to media on Friday:
Chuck Pagano on if the Colts have decided who will start if Khaled Holmes can't play on Sunday:
Bowen's Analysis:* *With Holmes not practicing on Friday, all signs are pointing to A.Q. Shipley or Jonotthan Harrison being the man in the middle on Sunday night. It's unfortunate Holmes reps decreased as the week went on but considering the high attitude of Denver and the fact that the Colts current starting center hasn't practiced full in a month, Shipley might be your best option.
Shipley started five games with Andrew Luck back in 2012 but this is a totally different offensive system that he was only in for a week during the 2013 offseason. Again, there is familiarity between some of the guys on offense and Shipley. Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton aside, Shipley will have a ton on his plate from a communication standpoint inside of Mile High Stadium.
Chuck Pagano on knowing Reggie Wayne will be back out on the field this weekend:
"I know I sleep a lot better knowing that he's suiting up and playing on Sunday's."
Bowen's Analysis: It's a calming influence to Pagano, knowing that No. 87 will be in that offensive huddle come Sunday night. Wayne's presence will be key in so many pivotal moments against the Broncos.
I go back to the Packers game in 2012 when Wayne was so effective in many chaotic situations. Call him a security blanket for an offense that finally has their full allotment of skill players heading into Sunday night. In the second half of 2013, third downs were a struggle for this offense and Wayne's presence should alleviate some of that inconsistency.
Reggie Wayne on making his return to the playing field on Sunday:
"I'm excited. I'm excited that regular season football is finally here. I think the team is excited.
"Everybody is eager to show the world what Colts football is all about."
Bowen's Analysis: Less than 11 months removed from tearing his ACL, Wayne will make his return to regular season football on Sunday night. He's tired of all the rehab questions and Sunday marks what should be the final step in that process.
Wayne doesn't believe there will be any sort of pitch count assigned to him this weekend. He's ready to stop being a cheerleader and join a Colts skill group that is littered with capable and proven talents. Wayne's days of standing in sweats next to Chuck Pagano during the National Anthem are long gone. Now he will be back in full pads, ready to build on his NFL record of 71 straight games with at least three catches.
During the open media portion of Friday's practice, the following things were observed:
-Khaled Holmes (ankle, questionable) missed Friday's practice. Holmes was a limited participant at practice the last two days.
-Jonotthan Harrison (thumb, probable) was once again a full participant at practice.
-Erik Walden (abdomen, questionable) and LaRon Landry (rest, probable) both returned to practice on Friday. Walden was limited.
-Sergio Brown (shoulder, questionable) did not practice on Friday after he was limited the last two days.
-Gosder Cherilus and Reggie Wayne are probable for Sunday.
-Joe Reitz (ankle) was once again held out of practice and has been ruled out.