Reggie Wayne returned to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice field yesterday for training camp after months of rehab. Wayne’s 2013 season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL in October of last year against the Denver Broncos. That injury ended Wayne’s consecutive games played streak at 189, which is the third-longest streak for a wide receiver in NFL history.
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Wayne received the third target of the day from Andrew Luck, which he easily snagged much to the delight of his teammates and fans watching. Talking with the media after practice, Wayne explained just how good it felt to get back on a football field and why he is not worried about his knee whatsoever (Courtesy of IndyStar):
"This is what I worked hard for. All the two- and three-a-days of rehabbing and stuff like that, this is what it’s about. Today felt pretty doggone good.When you’re out here and you’re thinking and worrying — what if this and what if that? — that’s when you get hurt. If you just come out here and do the things you’ve been doing … everything’s normal. That’s how I felt today.Not one thing bothered me today. Not one time I went out there and I worried about my knee."
Coming off an ACL injury means that the Colts will take Wayne’s return slow. Yesterday Wayne played in about half the practice, but said that “other than that, felt like the ol’ Reg.”
Colts fans hope that Wayne can return to old form by the start of the season. If he can, the Colts have quite a dangerous offense for opposing teams to worry about.