INDIANAPOLIS – With a lot of interest in Reggie Wayne battling injuries, the 14-year vet joined his weekly radio show again on Tuesday.
Wayne was his normal self in giving extremely honest, candid answers.
On the Cleveland game and finishing with just one catch:
"It was just lack of concentration. I just wasn't focused the way I should have been when it's time to catch the pass that's thrown to me. It happens. Normally, I catch those balls with no problem but it was just one of those days. It was one of those bad games. You see it with athletes all the time. If people want to pick one or two games out of 208 then so be it. The key thing is we got out of there with a W. My teammates had my back after some drops.
"The same pain that you would think I had after that game is the same pain I had in the New York Giants game, the same game where I took a 40-yard touchdown to the house. It was just a lack of concentration. Nothing more. Nothing less."
On playing through a triceps tear:
"Yes, I do have a partially torn triceps. That's part of the reason you see me wearing a brace. I've been wearing a brace…since the Cincinnati game. I'm playing through it. We all got injuries. I appreciate Coach Pagano sticking up for me, or what not, but at the end of the day, I'm grown. This is the NFL. I just dropped the passes. That's all it was."
On if there was ever talk following the Cincinnati game to go on injured reserve:
"No. Like I said, nothing. N-O. I'm good. If I'm out there playing, I'm alright. I'm not going to be out there putting myself at risk to hinder me in the future. If I'm out there, I feel like I can get the job done with no problems."
On how you go about treating such an injury:
"You just want to strengthen it. Keep it strong. Ice, stem, things like that. Stuff that you normally do as an athlete. The main thing is you just want to keep it strong.
"The more you rest, from what I found, the weaker it gets. Honestly, right now I have zero pain. As the game goes on and on, you get tackled, you're hitting the ground, you get taken down, you start to feel it a little bit. But I also feel that in the other triceps. It comes with football."
On if he's thought about his future after this season in regards to his body:
"It's too early to ask that. The way you judge that is once the season is over. Then you sit down and you put everything together and you say, 'Alright, this is how I feel. This is what I think.' Then you sit down with your family and say, 'This is what I'm thinking. What are you thinking?'
"Right now, I still feel I got a couple of years, to be honest with you. I feel pretty good. Injuries come. Injuries happen. I've dealt with injuries throughout my career and just continued to get treatment and rehab and played through those injuries. That's just what it is. That's the situation we have now."