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What’s next for Wayne isn’t entirely clear.

He expects the Colts to proceed cautiously in spring mini-camps, which begin next week at the team complex. Team officials are hoping Wayne will be ready for the start of training camp in July.

But what will they get from a guy who turns 35 in November and is in the final year of his contract?

A sure-handed leader who is determined to prove he can still play the game at his level, even though he’s not yet been cleared to the team doctors.

“I’ve not met with the coaches on that stuff, I’ve not talked to the trainers about that,” he said. “We have a meeting Monday, so I just want to find out what the schedule is.”

Until then, Wayne will continue to do what he does best: Work hard, focus on football and be ready whenever the doctors say he can play.

“I’m hoping they’ll let me loose a little, but I’m sure they’re going to hold me out a little bit, which is the right thing to do,” Wayne said, dropping no hint of his plans for his usual grand entrance at camp. “It’s been challenging, and I’ve taken it in stride. But I’ve used you guys as my motivation and I’m looking forward to coming back.”