Indianapolis Colts veteran receiver Reggie Wayne is coming off his first ever major injury. Wayne tore his ACL during the Sunday night game last season against the Denver Broncos, ending his season and leaving questions if the 35 year old will ever be the same.
Wayne will be cleared to resume full workouts later this month, but will sit out of camp drills to continue his rehab. Sources say he is ahead of schedule and making significant progress and should be back to his old self by week 1 of the 2014 season. Yet, many people say that with his older age that the All-Pro receiver will never be where he once was.
Wayne told the Indianapolis Star last week that he has noticed the media criticism of doubting skills at this stage of his career. “You guys motivate me, you guys say that I can’t do it. I’m 35. I’m over the hill. No way I can come back the same. I wasn’t a big newspaper reader, but now I’ve become one. Hopefully I can get you guys to sing another tune. Next time I read it, maybe you guys will be saying I’ve found the fountain of youth.”
Wayne will be entering his 14th season with the Colts, and has been the epitome of constant success. He has caught 1,006 passes for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns in his career. If he can stay healthy the next two seasons, Wayne has the chance to pass Marvin Harrison for most receptions and receiving yards in franchise history.
There is no reason to doubt that Wayne will be back to full health next year, and with newly acquired Hakeem Nicks, Wayne should benefit from attention garnered from Nicks. Leaving Wayne to have another great year in the blue and white.