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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colts Injury Update: Reggie Wayne, Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw

By on 7/23/2014 05:00:00 PM

The Indianapolis Colts offense was ravaged by injuries at the skill positions last season. As the team prepares to enter the 2014 season, players like Reggie Wayne, Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw are finally healthy.

Wayne tore his ACL in week 7 of the 2014 season. When he hits the field for the Colts' first practice, it'll be his first time on the field since the injury. He won't be given free reign, however. The team plans to limit him in the early goings of practice, a good idea based on Wayne's comments about practicing.

"I'm my own enemy in this," he said. "I have to be smart and listen to my body and not try to prove any points. The main objective is to be out there for the first game on September 7. I just have to be smart."

The Colts' backfield felt the bite of the injury bug harder than any other position group on the team, but that appears to be in the past now.

Ballard told ESPN's Mike Wells that he was cleared to return to practice, and he's not alone.

Fellow running back Ahmad Bradshaw, recovering from a neck injury, was able to participate in offseason workouts and will be ready to go when the team practices.

Donald Thomas, another running back, is recovering from biceps and quad injuries. Like Bradshaw and Ballard, he too will return to the practice field for the Colts.

These three Colts, like Wayne, will  be on some kind of participation limit early on in practice. Ballard said he understands the need for caution.

"Right now (doctors) just told me they're trying to control my volume," Ballard said. "... It's a big step because I'm cleared to do everything. But in a way it's a small step. I still have a big step to take in terms of getting my football skills back down."

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