The orange that will be on the Browns jerseys on Sunday might not be the only uniform that color makes an appearance on at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the Colts last home game against the Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne strapped on some orange gloves to honor his head coach Chuck Pagano fighting leukemia.
Wayne turned in a career performance of 12 catches for 213 yards and the game-winning touchdown for the Colts.
Will we be seeing the orange gloves again this weekend?
“Not sure, but that’s my plan right now. Normally, when I make my mind up I usually go through with it,” Wayne said with a smile. “It helped me out last time, hopefully Andrew (Luck) can see eight more hands again.”
If Wayne does indeed put on the orange gloves, they will be a fresh pair.
”I’ll switch them up. I can’t play with old gloves. They need to be fresh right out of the pack,” Wayne said.
This offseason, Bruce Arians inquired to Wayne about moving around within the Colts offense, a task his offensive coordinator knew wouldn’t be easy.
“It was hard for him to get on that other side, his feet wouldn’t work,” Arians said. “He’d been on the left side forever and now he’s on the other side running off his other foot. That’s not easy but he worked his tail off.”
“To play in the slot and do all the things, they asked him to read coverage and do all those things, his production speaks for his work ethic because it wouldn’t have happened without putting all that work in. When you produce like he’s producing, you’re paying a heck of a good price mentally and physically in preparation.”
With running back Donald Brown out of the lineup on Sunday, it will be the 12-year vet in Wayne running around with half a dozen rookies and five-year veteran Donnie Avery at the skill positions.
The production that Wayne has had through five games is on pace for with his career marks but it’s his leadership that has Arians singing his praise.
“It’s been fantastic, from day one through the OTAs and the summer,” Arians said of Wayne’s leadership. “What he does in his room with his young guys and the quarterback, he is the heart and soul and leader of the offense.”
“Andrew (Luck) will take that torch one day but right now it’s definitely Reggie’s and he’s done a heck of a job coming to me with things, going to coaches with things. That’s what a leader does, different things within the locker room, whatever. There’s no way to put a value on how important it is.”
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