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August 10, 2013

Wayne ready for Buffalo, live action

ANDERSON, Ind. — After 12 years in the league, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne knows a thing or two about preseason openers.

Sure, as one of the team’s core leaders, the game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday isn’t exactly for him to prove himself or showcase his talents, but the veteran said he prepares for games like these just as he would for any other.

“It’s business as usual,” Reggie said. “I think when you go into them any other way, bad things happen. Honestly, I take them very seriously. For the most part, standing next to you is a guy who’s trying to make a name for himself and trying to make a roster. He’s going balls to the wall. A guy like that you’ve got to take seriously.

“I treat it like a regular season game, and hopefully we can get in there, get a good drive going and get out.”

Wayne and his teammates have now closed out their second week of training camp, each day filled with a walk-through followed by game simulations during full-pads practice in the afternoon or evening.

Even though Wayne said the offense has done a fine job adjusting to the new schemes from first-year offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, he said that nothing he’s seen in practice will be quite like real-time action in Lucas Oil Stadium with a large crowd of roaring fans.

Although many big-name players take game one of the preseason fairly easy, Wayne said he looks forward to the opportunity to getting readjusted to playing within the offense run by a second-year quarterback.

“I want to play enough to the point where I feel comfortable,” Wayne said. “One thing for me is hearing the calls from Andrew (Luck) in the huddle. It’s a totally different atmosphere as far as hearing those calls out in practice. I kinda wanna hear the fans around me and hear him making calls at the same time.

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