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Reggie Wayne proclaims himself “way ahead of schedule”

When Colts receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a torn ACL six months ago, the biggest question was whether he’d be ready to work on the first day of training camp. Now Wayne says that’s not a question at all.

Wayne told WNDE that he expects his doctor to clear him for all the movements an NFL wide receiver needs to make — running, cutting and planting — within the next few weeks. And Wayne said that the last hurdle will likely be convincing Colts coach Chuck Pagano that he’s good to go, as Pagano is likely to take it easy on his veteran receiver.

“I’m way ahead of schedule,” Wayne said. “I feel great. I’m looking good. I can’t wait. . . . I’ll be ready way before training camp but I’m sure Coach Pagano won’t be willing to take the leash off me until training camp.”

NFL players so frequently proclaim themselves ahead of schedule on recovery ACL injuries that it may be time to change the standard schedule. But while there are a handful of players like Adrian Peterson who can come back from a torn ACL and look better than ever, there are also a lot of players who need a lot more time to recover than they might like to admit.

Which means that Pagano will be wise to exercise caution with Wayne. Even if Wayne sounds like he wants to put on the pads and get on the field today.

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24 Responses to “Reggie Wayne proclaims himself “way ahead of schedule””
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 8, 2014 7:57 PM

    Colts offense will be top notch!!!!

  2. whodat5150 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:06 PM

    I’m no Colts fan but since he a fellow Westbank kid, I wish him a speedy recovery. Since he doesn’t play his hometown Saints, I hope he tears it up this season!

  3. andrewluck12 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    Can’t wait to see 87 back in September. Future hall of famer.

  4. blindzebras says: Apr 8, 2014 8:15 PM

    If Reggie says it, believe it. He’s a class act and not some diva wide out looking for headlines. Will be nice seeing 87 back out there ballin.

  5. ariani1985 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:18 PM

    Just think the Packers skipped him in the draft twice to select dorsey levens ,lol!

  6. turtlehut says: Apr 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    Now we Colt’s fans can just wonder how he will arrive at training camp!

  7. nfl4days says: Apr 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    Hands and route running age well. Good thing those are the two things Reggie is best at.

  8. sportzpig says: Apr 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    Love how these players all think they have gone through 8 years of medical school…

  9. slamdunk says: Apr 8, 2014 8:24 PM

    The Colts found ways to win games without their best WR, though they are definitely a better team when he is on the field.

    I don’t see a need to rush him this coming season; return when you are ready Reggie.

  10. Punk says: Apr 8, 2014 8:25 PM

    Is he 110% ahead of schedule?

  11. bennyb82 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:32 PM

    He should show up to training camp shipped in a Fedex box to signify being ahead of schedule.

  12. uglydingo says: Apr 8, 2014 8:34 PM

    Great player over many years but at 36 yrs old, there can’t be too much tread on the tire. Colts need to select a couple of top young WRs in the draft. The Offense struggled when Reggie went down last year and DHB is now gone. Luck needs more weapons. If he is just reliant on just Reggie then the Colts have more problems than just their owner.

  13. fantom21 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    Haha RWKnee. Hopefully he stays out of the spotlight and gets his knee better. He’s way too confident and I’m sure he won’t ever be good again. Oh, oops. Wrong player.

  14. seabreezes51 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:02 PM

    With the 25th pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Eagles select…. Freddie Mitchell ….. Smh

    Did then…still do today. Reggie Wayne is a Hall of Fame lock…

  15. raiderapologist says: Apr 8, 2014 9:21 PM

    He’s been in the league since 2001. His QB was 12 or 13 at the time. I’m sure there’s no big rush.

  16. itmustbejj says: Apr 8, 2014 9:55 PM

    @uglydingo We traded DHB for Hakeem Nicks. Rogers and Brazil closed out last year on a strong note. I think we will be just fine.

  17. believeland2014 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:15 PM

    Reggie Wayne is like the Steve Smith of the Colts imo, hopefully the colts let him retire as one and dont release him like Carolina did to Smith.

  18. vik3z says: Apr 8, 2014 11:48 PM

    thata boy reggie. im no colts fan but it hurt me a little to see him go down. he will b back, and as effective as ever

  19. lanman11 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:07 AM

    He just bought himself more vacation time by saying the coach won’t take the leash off him until training camp. Now, if Pagano allows him to participate before then, and he has a setback, it will be Pagano’s fault for rushing him back. It’s a no win situation for the coach. Veteran move by a receiver that doesn’t need the extra “practice.”

  20. dodohead418 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:14 AM

    Thank God, Andrew Luck needs you!

  21. andrewlucksneard says: Apr 9, 2014 7:50 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Just think the Packers skipped him in the draft twice to select dorsey levens ,lol!

    Dorsey Levens was drafted in 1994…when Reggie Wayne was in junior high school…Wayne was drafted in 2001. But should qualify as a GM in the NFL

  22. Seaucide55 says: Apr 9, 2014 8:18 AM

    In other words, he is retiring soon.

  23. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Apr 9, 2014 8:46 AM

    All In for Week One

  24. kepdogg23 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:02 AM

    If you are citing the departure of Heyward Bey as a reason the Colts need to find more weapons…you are an idiot!!! The guy caught more passes with his facemask than his hands last season.

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