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Reggie Wayne (ACL) said he has been cleared for camp.

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano would be "shocked" if Reggie Wayne (ACL) wasn't ready for training camp.

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Although Reggie Wayne (ACL) is not participating in OTAs, he has been cleared for football activities.

The Colts are taking it slow with Wayne, who is roughly seven months removed from his knee reconstruction. He's expected to take the field with his teammates when training camp opens on July 23. It's an aggressive timetable for a 35-year-old receiver that relies so heavily on sudden cuts and precision route-running, but people within the Colts are calling Wayne a "freak." We'd like to get a look at his progress in a preseason game before painting a rosy picture.

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Reggie Wayne (knee) is not participating in OTAs.

Wayne is seven months removed from ACL surgery and will likely be held out of next month's minicamp. He remains a candidate to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

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ESPN Colts blogger Mike Wells expects Reggie Wayne (ACL) to sit out next month's minicamp.

Speaking last month, Wayne proclaimed himself "way ahead of schedule," but there's no incentive for him to go full steam before training camp. Wayne is expected to be ready for Week 1.

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Reggie Wayne (ACL) says he's "way ahead of schedule" in his rehab, and expects to be cleared for football activity by April 25.

"I feel great," Wayne said in a Tuesday radio interview. April 25 would be six months and five days since Wayne went down in Week 7. Barring setbacks, Wayne is well on track to be ready for training camp in late July. Going on 36, however, the Colts have zero reason to rush his recovery. Wayne could begin camp on the active/PUP list out of an abundance of caution, but there's every reason to believe he'll be ready for Week 1.

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Colts GM Ryan Grigson said Reggie Wayne (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

"From all the reports that I've been getting from our trainers and from the doctors in the meetings we've had, everyone's going in the right direction. We're optimistic about everyone," Grigson said. That includes Dwayne Allen (groin), Vick Ballard (knee), and LG Donald Thomas (quad). Wayne began straight-line running last month and is about four months removed from right ACL surgery.

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Reggie Wayne (knee) said he'll begin straight-line running on Saturday.

Wayne is approaching the three-month mark since surgery to repair his torn right ACL. So far he's been walking without crutches and getting some exercise on the treadmill, so doing actual running will signify a new phase. Per GM Ryan Grigson, the 35-year-old is "doing great" and is ahead of schedule. Wayne was on pace for 86 catches, 1,149 yards and five touchdowns at the time of his Week 7 injury.

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Reggie Wayne said "so far, so good" when asked about the progress of his knee rehab.

Wayne tore his right ACL on October 20. "I'm very, very, very confident that I can come back better than I was," he said Monday. It's an unrealistic expectation as the 35-year-old Wayne was already showing signs of decline, especially with his long speed and big-play ability. Returning as a reliable possession receiver to complement breakout stud T.Y. Hilton is a more reasonable expectation.

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Reggie Wayne (torn ACL, injured reserve) expects to resume running in mid-January, and plans to go "full throttle" in four and a half months.

It's an aggressive timeline that could have Wayne ready for training camp if he avoids setbacks. It's still very early in his rehab, however. Wayne went down 51 days ago. Working in Wayne's favor is the fact that he had been remarkably durable up until his October injury, having not missed a game since his rookie season in 2001. Wayne is signed for an affordable $4 million in 2014.