Indianapolis Colts‘ wide receiver Reggie Wayne turns 35 next month, and by all accounts, that is considered to be old in NFL circles, but don’t tell Reggie that. Wayne went under the knife last week to repair his torn ACL, and has already set a grueling rehab schedule that includes three-a-day workout sessions, with his sights firmly placed on returning by the start of the 2014 season.
Wayne’s surgery was conducted by the well-respected Dr. John Uribe, and was said to be a complete success. Wayne is rumored to be locked in and focused, keeping his mind on his team and contributing in any possible facet as his Colts attempt to establish themselves post-Manning. Coach Chuck Pagano had the following to state about Wayne’s surgery in an interview with Mike Wells of ESPN.com:
“Uneventful as they usually say,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “So everything came out great. He’s in good spirits, rehabbing three times a day, grinding it out as we would all expect. He’s doing well.”
Wayne is currently rehabbing in Florida, but will rejoin the team as soon as he is able to travel, as his leadership and NFL savvy are irreplaceable. The onus now falls on T.Y Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey to replace the eventual Hall of Famer. Wayne has eight 1,000-yard seasons, and was well on the way to his ninth with 503-yards receiving in only seven games.
The time-table for recovery when dealing with an ACL injury is between 6-9 months, with Wayne slated to be healthy in time for training camp in August. The Colts will have no issues with Wayne missing organized team activities. Not to be cliché, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and there is nothing that will surprise Wayne after 13-years of NFL service.