Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne appears on a radio show with Jake Queary and Derek Schultz called "the Reggie Wayne Show." This past Tuesday, Reggie offered an update on his injury status. This is a transcript of what he said in regards to his injury, from Kevin Bowen of Colts.com.
On Wayne's rehab and his visit to Dr. Uribe last week in Miami:
"He just wanted to see my progression, where I was at. He was actually pretty excited about it, pretty geeked up of where I am after six weeks. He gave me some good words of encouragement telling me he can't remember anyone that's looked this good at this point and time of their surgery. I guess I'm doing something right. He released me to go into that next phase. That next phase is some weight room stuff, some squats, some things like that. It was a great trip."
"Full-throttle, we are doing everything football related six months from surgery. I'm already a month and a half done basically. Right now, I'm not even looking to that. I'm looking to the three month mark and that's where I'm able to do straight ahead running. That's kind of what I have my eyes set on. I want to make sure at that three month mark, I'm ready to go start running, no set backs and so far so good."
On if Wayne will be good for OTAs, minicamp:
"Yeah, but I doubt if I'll participate in them. I want to make sure that I'm right. I think training camp is more of an ideal approach. OTAs and stuff, I probably wouldn't do that stuff if I was 100 percent healthy. I've got my goals. I'm breaking them down and hopefully I can get "Comeback Player of the Year" next year. That's what I want to get accomplished."
Basically, what Reggie is saying is that he won't be back for OTAs or minicamp, but that he hopes to be back for training camp and his goals are set on the Comeback Player of the Year award. It sounds like Reggie is making good progress coming back from his surgery.
On October 20th, in the fourth quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos that the Colts won, Reggie reached down to try and grab a low pass from Andrew Luck, and in doing so his leg bent awkwardly and he tore his ACL. It was a simple play that was a bad pass but nothing out of the normal, but Reggie's knee gave out and he went down. His season was over, and the Colts hopes for the season were severely dampened.
There's no doubt that he will return, but it remains to be seen just how good he will be when he comes back. Hopefully, it will be in training camp when we see him get back on the practice field. What I do know for sure is this: Reggie Wayne will work as hard as possible to come back, and don't rule him out one bit.