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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wayne on Manning: 'Like any other game'

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne isn’t getting caught up in the hype surrounding his former teammate, quarterback Peyton Manning, coming back to Indianapolis with the Denver Broncos this weekend.

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Wayne referred to this week as a circus because of the attention the game is getting.

All that’s been missing has been the elephants, clowns, cotton candy and peanuts.

“It’ll be just like any other game,” Wayne said. “It’s no different. I don’t know what you want me to tell you.”

Wayne spent 11 seasons catching passes from Manning -- 779 of them for 10,602 yards and 67 touchdowns to be exact -- and he still keeps in touch with him on the phone. But Wayne isn’t buying into the hype about facing his former teammate.

Wayne put into perspective how he feels about the game when he said he hopes to be in the locker room when the Colts honor Manning before the game. Wayne obviously respects Manning, but like everybody else inside the organization, the Colts' top priority is to avoid losing two straight games for the first time under coach Chuck Pagano.

“Yeah, fans love him. We’re friends. He’s friends with a couple guys in this locker room,” Wayne said. “I go against old teammates all the time, you know? I’m sure it will be a different reaction. You’re right. He did a lot in the community. But so did a lot of other guys. I’m just ready to play, ready to get it over with. It’s like the Ringling Brothers.”