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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.

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Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) said he fully expects to play next season.

It's going to be a long and tough road for Wayne. He tore his ACL in Week 7 and will turn 35 years old later this month. Still, we wouldn't put anything past one of the game's true pros and most respected leaders. "I've got no choice. I have to come back," Wayne said. "It will be just another chapter in the book. Hopefully it'll be a good one."

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Colts placed WR Reggie Wayne on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season.

And so ends Wayne's streak of 189 consecutive games played. One month shy of his 35th birthday, Wayne should have enough time to get healthy for next summer's camp, but his recovery is unlikely to be as seamless as Robert Griffin III's or Adrian Peterson's. Leading the Colts in every meaningful receiving category at the time of his injury, Wayne is due a non-guaranteed $4 million in 2014. We're guessing it will be his as long as he wants to return. For his career, Wayne has a staggering 1,006 catches for 13,566 yards and 80 touchdowns.

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A Monday MRI confirmed that Reggie Wayne sustained a torn ACL during Sunday night's win over the Broncos.

It's a crippling injury for the 5-2 Colts. Wayne, one of the most productive and durable receivers in NFL history, led them in catches (38), yards (503) and targets (58). Barring a trade, they'll move forward with T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey in two-wide sets and ask for bigger contributions out of talented second-year WR LaVon Brazill and TE Coby Fleener. Wayne will turn 35 next month and his $4 million base salary in 2014 is non-guaranteed. It's conceivable that the leader of the Colts has played his last NFL snap after 13 seasons.

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The Colts fear Reggie Wayne tore his ACL during Sunday night's win over the Broncos.

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Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed after Sunday night's Week 7 win Reggie Wayne will require an MRI on his "sprained" right knee.

The fact the Colts are calling Wayne's injury a "sprain" essentially tells us nothing; he could easily have ligament damage which would be revealed by the MRI. NBC's Michele Tafoya reported Wayne was "in tears" on the sideline after going down Sunday night, and the Colts appear to be fearing the worst. If Wayne is out for the season's remainder, Indy is going to have to lean on T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener as its most dynamic passing-game weapons.

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Reggie Wayne was forced from Sunday night's Week 7 game against the Broncos with a right knee sprain.

Wayne twisted his knee on a pass underthrown by Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter and had to be helped off the field. He was taken to the locker room for further testing and is done for the game. Wayne had five catches for 50 yards on seven targets before exiting. The full details of the sprain aren't yet available, but Wayne will have a full week to rest up during the Colts' Week 8 bye.

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Reggie Wayne caught five passes for 88 yards in Week 6 against the Chargers.

Wayne was targeted a team-high eight times, along with T.Y. Hilton. The soon-to-be 35-year-old became the ninth player ever to catch 1,000 passes. He now sits in eighth place all time, one spot ahead of Hines Ward and 23 receptions behind Isaac Bruce. Wayne's night didn't go entirely smoothly. He committed one of the team's five drops on a third-down pass that would have moved the chains. Wayne is more of a WR2 in the Colts' run-first offense. Denver is the next test.