After the Indianapolis/Washington game Friday night, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that wide receiver Reggie Wayne was out of town on a personal issue.
But when will he be back?
The nature of the personal issue is unclear. It’s impossible to rule out that Wayne is merely unhappy with his personal income.
Before training camp opened, Wayne continued his pitch for a new contract, but he said he wouldn’t hold out.
Last year, Wayne skipped a mandatory minicamp due to his desire for a new deal. He then hinted he’d hold out from training camp, but he ultimately showed up.
The Colts usually don’t share chapter-and-verse detail regarding potential distractions and/or disappointments. So it’s hard to tell at this point whether Wayne’s "personal issue" has any link to his ongoing desire to get a new contract.
Wayne, 32, is due to earn a base salary of $5.95 million in 2011.
Wayne is usually pretty level-headed, and this won't be a major concern unless it lingers for awhile. Maybe he just didn't want to catch passes from the goof troop of Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky.