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Reggie Wayne takes up coaching

11/7/2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts injured receiver Reggie Wayne didn’t go to Houston just to surprise his teammates the night before their game against the Texans.

Wayne also provided an extra set of eyes for offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

“In between series, I would pass over the pictures and ask his opinion,” Hamilton said. “And, of course, during the series he had a job. His job was to watch their slot coverage and give myself and [quarterback] Andrew [Luck] feedback.”

Wayne’s season – his 13th – ended when he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of their victory over Denver on Oct. 20.

Sunday was the first time Wayne had been around his teammates since he had his surgery. The plan is for him to be around the team and take part in meetings as much as possible during his rehabilitation. Coach Chuck Pagano said last week that they anticipate Wayne to be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

“Reggie, he loves this game,” Hamilton said. “He loves the horseshoe and it’s awesome that he’ll still be around even under the circumstances.”

Here’s Thursday’s injury report:

Running back Trent Richardson (ankle) missed his second straight practice. Guard Hugh Thornton (calf), cornerback Greg Toler (groin), safety Delano Howell (neck), cornerback Josh Gordy (groin) and defensive tackle Josh Chapman (knee) also did not practice.

Linebacker Robert Mathis (shoulder) did return practice after sitting out Wednesday.