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Reggie Wayne 'ahead of schedule' in ACL rehab

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Reggie Wayne says he's 'ahead of schedule.'
Reggie Wayne says he's 'ahead of schedule.' (USATSI)

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In 2013, for the first time since his rookie season, Reggie Wayne didn't play in all 16 games for the Colts. A torn ACL against the Broncos in Week 7 derailed another impressive season and sent Wayne into the unknown that is offseason rehabilitation.

The wideout, famous for showing up to work in a hard hat and a dump truck, is a tireless worker, so it's hardly surprising that he's "ahead of schedule."

"I am ahead of schedule,” Wayne said via Kevin Bowen of Colts.com. "I feel great. I couldn't be happier than where I am right now. Everything seems to be going at a great rate."

This is huge news for Andrew Luck and the Colts in general. Wayne's older but he still plays -- or played, at least -- like a top-tier receiver. He can stretch the field and also serves as the most consistent weapon for Luck.

T.Y. Hilton's a speed demon but he's not a true No. 1 wideout yet. Wayne's impact really showed when he was absent.

The Colts have added Hakeem Nicks, though, signing the former first-round pick on a one-year deal, a move that Wayne thinks "can be special."

“I really think this pickup can be special. He's a big target," Wayne said. "He has great catching skills. He can really keep the chains moving and make big plays down the field. I really don't think there's one guy that can cover him one-on-one to be honest with you."

Combine Nicks, Hilton, the return of Dwayne Allen and a healthy Wayne and the Colts might have the makings of something special on offense in 2014. If everything continues to go as plan, we'll get a first look during training camp.

“My plan is to be ready for training camp," Wayne said. “I don't think there will be any problem with that. Hopefully I will be out there with a brand new knee and ready to go like always.”

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