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Reggie Wayne won’t play in preseason opener

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Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne says he’s feeling great in his return from a torn ACL, but the team isn’t ready to turn him loose in a game just yet.

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.

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5 Responses to “Reggie Wayne won’t play in preseason opener”
  1. 12444uggg says: Aug 4, 2014 4:02 PM

    #87 has played in a few games last I checked.

  2. andrewluck12 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:04 PM

    I can’t wait to see 87 ballin again!

  3. tvjules says: Aug 4, 2014 4:09 PM

    For a league that wants to reduce player injuries, you’d think they’d cut the pre-season schedule down to 2 games.
    And on that note… stop charging the fans regular season ticket prices for them!

  4. notthetroll says: Aug 4, 2014 4:18 PM

    Hmm, a vet coming off an injury to sit out the first preseason game where he would have normally seen one series.

    Sounds familiar to a story last week, but can’t be the same, because the owner and player weren’t ridiculed by PFT like the way Jones and Romo were.

  5. raiderapologist says: Aug 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    He’s almost 36. He doesn’t need to play much at all in preseason.

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