Reggie Wayne To Play His 200th Game On Sunday

Intro: It was another perfect day for Colts practice at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. What does the team’s injury report look like heading into Tennessee?


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts concluded their final practice of Titans week early Friday afternoon as they prepare to close the first quarter of the season.

Unlike past weeks, the Colts have a little bit longer injury report than normal.

Here's a rundown of what Chuck Pagano and Reggie Wayne had to say on Friday, along with the week's final injury report.
Chuck Pagano on the possibilities at right guard if Hugh Thornton can't play Sunday:

"We've got a lot of options."

Bowen's Analysis: Pagano would not tip his hand in saying who will start if Hugh Thornton (doubtful) doesn't suit up on Sunday. The three candidates that Pagano mentioned at right guard were Lance Louis, Joe Reitz and Jonotthan Harrison.

Louis is the most natural guard of the trio, has experience as a starting guard in this league and has taken plenty of first team reps throughout the offseason. Reitz is four weeks removed from a high ankle sprain in the preseason finale and the swing tackle has played/started on the Colts interior. Harrison was the immediate fill-in guy for Thornton last week when the starting right guard exited after the ankle injury.

Chuck Pagano on Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst the likely starter for Jake Locker on Sunday:

"He's been playing with (Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt) longer than Jake has.

"Mostly from an athletic standpoint, Charlie is athletic enough to extend plays and move around, but there's not too many quarterbacks in the NFL that runs as well as Jake runs."

Bowen's Analysis: Locker is listed as "questionable" on the Titans injury report but all indications from Nashville have Whitehurst as the starter for Sunday. If that's the case, then Whitehurst will be throwing his first pass in a regular season game since 2011.

Pagano alluded to this earlier on Friday but Whitehurst is very familiar to Whisenhunt's offensive scheme as the two were together in San Diego last year. From a dual-threat standpoint though, Whitehurst doesn't compare to the elusive Locker. Look for the Titans to try and establish a power running game early with capable backs in Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey.

Reggie Wayne on playing his 200th game on Sunday:

"Two-hundredth game it will be big. Hopefully the 200th game will be the best one yet."

Bowen's Analysis: Among all the Hall of Fame bullet points on the resume of Wayne, it's his longevity of playing 200 games that ranks the highest. The inability to be there for his teammates during the second half of last season pained Wayne.

Wayne is now closing in on Colts franchise history with his games played mark. Johnny Unitas (206) and Peyton Manning (209) are next up on the list. Sunday also provides the chance to push Wayne's NFL record of at least three receptions to 75 straight games.


Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:

-OUT- Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), Mario Harvey (hamstring) and Art Jones (ankle).

-For the third straight week, the Colts will be missing some key cogs in the middle of their 3-4 defensive scheme.

-DOUBTFUL- Hugh Thornton (ankle)

-The outlook for Thornton to play this weekend doesn't appear to be great. That means the Colts could have their first different starting offensive line in 2014.

-QUESTIONABLE- Colt Anderson (groin) and Andy Studebaker (hamstring)

-A pair of core special team players are questionable with Studebaker not practicing all week and Anderson missing the last two days.

-PROBABLE-Darius Butler (neck), Vontae Davis (ankle), T.Y. Hilton (ankle), Joe Reitz (ankle), Greg Toler (ribs) and Erik Walden (knee).

-Getting Walden back to practice on Friday was a good sign after he missed Thursday. Reitz looks like he could make his 2014 debut this weekend.

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