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Colts Daily Headlines: October 17th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 17, 2013 – 8:26 am

The hype surrounding Sunday night’s game continued to grow on Wednesday. Today’s news looks at how Andrew Luck is handling the attention and Reggie Wayne’s take on Peyton Manning’s return.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 17th.  

Colts QB Andrew Luck thrives despite continuing presence of Peyton Manning

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

While much of the attention on Wednesday focused on Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning, there’s Andrew Luck business as usual in preparation for Sunday night.

(Luck) was brought to Indianapolis to not only be the savior of a 2-14 football team but also replace a future Hall of Famer and Indiana icon — and cope with expectations that were grossly unfair.

But just 22 games into his still-ascending NFL career, Luck is deftly proving he can handle it all as Peyton Manning prepares for his much-hyped return.

“We all know that Andrew is mature beyond his years,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of the 24-year old quarterback. “He doesn’t play like a second-year quarterback. I don’t feel like it’s necessary for me or for anybody else to even go there. Certainly (we) talk about all the noise surrounding this, all the distractions, all the clutter, everything that’s out there. But at the end of the day, it’s the Colts versus the Broncos. The game is going to be played between the white lines. That’s where his focus will be.”

Colts WR Reggie Wayne on Peyton Manning’s return: ‘It’ll be just like any other game’

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Reggie Wayne spoke on Wednesday for a change and the 13-year veteran admitted that he’s not buying all the hype that is surrounding this weekend’s game.

It’s Peyton Manning Week. The return to where it all began in April 1998 — and ended in March 2012 — for the NFL’s only four-time Most Valuable Player and the most decorated and revered player in the Colts’ 30-year history in Indianapolis.

Wayne, not nearly as loquacious as is his norm, shrugged. Often.

“It’ll be just like any other game. No different,” he said of the return of the quarterback who threw the ball on 779 of his 1,001 catches. “I don’t know what you want me to tell you.

“We see it as another game. You guys see it a little bit different. It’s another game, man.”

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