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Bjoern Werner returns to practice for the 1st time in a month

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 30, 2013 – 9:17 am

For the past month, Bjoern Werner has been a spectator on the Colts practice field.

Werner, who has been dealing with a foot injury since leaving the Jaguars game on Sept. 29, put the pads back on Monday afternoon practicing in a limited role.

“(Werner) felt good doing what he did, leaving the practice field,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday.

“Hopefully he comes in (Tuesday) morning and feels great and then amp it up a little bit more on Wednesday. Always see the glass half full on that kind of thing.”

In Werner’s first three and a half NFL games, he had four tackles (.5 sack) while playing mostly in nickel situations and on special teams.

Werner’s infectious personality hasn’t changed despite missing a month of his rookie campaign.temp2013_0426_Bjoern_Werner_0025--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“Honestly, it’s pretty easy because the atmosphere around the players is awesome. I don’t think anything negative. It’s really motivating to get back out there and help,” Werner said earlier this week.

“They’re doing such a great job without me but I’m trying to be back so hopefully I can be at least a factor. That’s my goal.”

One of the initial steps to getting back on the playing field came on Monday.

Both Werner and Pagano alluded to the fact that how the rookie’s foot handles a full week of practice will be the ultimate factor in deciding if Sunday night marks his return.

“I don’t know how it responds, just putting the pads on and stuff like that,” Werner said of his foot.

“That was the first time actually being out there and having the helmet on in like four weeks, so we’ll see how it feels. Hopefully it will be ready.”

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