Reggie Wayne hit the airwaves earlier this week declaring that he is “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a torn ACL. Wayne suffered the injury in Week 7 of the 2013 NFL season against the Denver Broncos in what was clearly the game of the year as the Indianapolis Colts upset the Broncos in Peyton Manning‘s return to Indy.
Reggie told the guys at WNDE “I feel great, I’m looking good. I can’t wait… It shouldn’t be a problem for me to be ready by training camp.” Wayne then cautioned saying that “I’m sure Coach Chuck Pagano won’t be willing to take the leash off me until training camp.”
When asked about whether he will participate in the whole training camp, Wayne expressed that “it is unfortunately out of his hands” and that if it were up to him “he would want to participate in the whole camp.” Often there is cause for concern about players coming back from a serious injury such as an ACL tear but judging by Reggie’s attitude, he seems roaring to go.
Wayne, 35 years of age, had 38 receptions for 503 yards and two touchdowns before suffering the torn ACL. A fully fit Wayne lining up alongside the dynamic T.Y. Hilton and newly acquired Hakeem Nicks makes the Colts’ receiving core one of the most elite in the NFL, especially with Andrew Luck throwing them the ball.
Reggie has made a career off great hands and elite route running, so the ACL injury should not affect his strengths as such. His speed and acceleration will be something to monitor when he finally hits the practice field.
The No. 1 question that fans will ask is how will Wayne arrive for training camp? Last year he arrived via helicopter – time to raise the stakes again Reggie!