Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Wayne will not play in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Jets on Thursday. Pagano added that Wayne will face some live competition before the start of the regular season, however.
“[Wayne's] going to see some action before September 7 [against Denver], what that is, is TBA,” Pagano said, via ESPN.com.
Waiting a bit to play Wayne in a preseason game has two advantages. Wayne has more time to work in practice and he’ll play in a game when the offensive starters should see more than a handful of snaps. Wayne’s absence could open the door for Hakeem Nicks to improve offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s assessment of his work since joining the team this offseason. Nicks didn’t practice on Monday in what Kevin Bowen of the team’s website indicated was a rest day, however.