Reggie Wayne spent his off day on Tuesday visiting a friend.
Wayne went to the IU Simon Health Center and spent some time with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
“He’s doing good,” Wayne said of Pagano. “He’s looking it straight in the eyes. He understands there is a tough task in front of him. If there is somebody that can go in and hit this out of the ball park, it is him.”
The relationship between Wayne and Pagano goes back to the receiver’s days at the University of Miami.
It has been a difficult week for Wayne but the motivation to play on Sunday has him focused on the task at hand.
“I’ve known Chuck for 16 years so it’s a tough deal for me,” Wayne said. “At the same time, it pushes me to want to go out there and give it everything I got.”
“It just pushes me more and more to go out there and play hard and give it everything I’ve got, and in some kind of way bring home a game ball for him.”
Wayne and the Colts are coming off a bye week and although Indianapolis had the earliest bye week in the NFL, the Pro Bowl receiver was able to rest up.
“It gave me an opportunity to kind of heal a little bit. I have a few nicks here and there,” Wayne said. “We had a couple of injuries so it kind of helped us in a way to get some guys back that were injured. We will take it for what it’s worth and just know that we have a 13-week stretch.”
Sunday’s meeting with the Packers will mark the third time that Wayne has faced Green Bay.
In the Colts 45-31 win in 2004, Wayne had a career day with 11 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown.
He has been the most consistent receiving threat for quarterback Andrew Luck this season and even though this has been a week he wasn’t expecting, come 1 p.m. on Sunday, Wayne will be up for the challenge.
“Once the ball is kicked off,” Wayne said of when the week will feel ‘normal’. “This is really kind of the only time if you do have something going on your in life you can kind of get away. It’s kind of our safe haven for at least three hours. Once the ball is kicked off, it’s business as usual.”
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