I don't know how many times my son, Elliot, who is an offensive/defensive lineman on his football team, has said to me, "Dad, I can hardly wait until the Colts play again!"  I feel the same way.  Football is our favorite sport to watch (and for him to play) and we'll be very happy to see formerly injured Colts players (Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen, Vick Ballard) back on the field for a new season.

I realize that it's prime baseball season now and I don't want to take anything away from that, although my Big Red Machine is sputtering so far.  Football simply "makes it" for Elliot and me.  So with Reggie's return, we're hoping that a player at his age can make a strong comeback and continue to be a leader for the Colts.

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So far, doctors have told Reggie to wait until training camp begins to give his newly healed torn ACL in his right knee a "full go."  It pained us all to see Reggie crumple on the field last season with this injury.  This season we're all hoping to celebrate right along with Reggie as he makes his incredible one-handed catches again, especially in the end zone!

Dwayne Allen is coming back from a season-ending hip injury.  Vick Ballard is also returning after a torn ACL.  Donald Thomas will hopefully be back after surgery on his torn quad in his right leg since he's badly needed on the offensive line.  There are others recuperating, as well.

Elliot and I are keeping our fingers crossed that all the starting Colts players can be back up and running again for their opening game of the regular season, which will be a huge challenge, against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver on Sept. 7.