Vinatieri: I'm Excited To Be Back

K Adam Vinatieri (AP Photo)

Adam Vinatieri won't be participating in Colts' training camp this season, but he's still excited about the dawn of the 2009 season. See what he had to say about his injury, new special teams coach Ray Rychleski, and more!

On still being excited for training camp:

"Yes, this is what it's all about. We've been working hard in the offseason and we get to put on the shoulder pads and helmets and I was going to say they get to start smacking heads but I don't get to do too much of the smacking heads, but everybody else gets to do that so it'll be good. I'm excited to be back. I'm excited to watch the guys go and run around and I'm excited for the season to come along. Offseasons are a great thing, a time to relax and stuff, but this is what it's all about for us."

On recovering from injury:

"We're just going slow back into it now, but we should be ready to go for sure by the time the season starts. We're just trying to make sure we take it slow and get there in time for the regular season and I think everybody has that same mentality."

On whether his routine has been thrown off or not due to injury:

"I would say I've got a lot less practice this offseason than I have in the past but thankfully for me, I've done it a bunch of years so it shouldn't take too long to get it all back. It's one of the timing things with a new holder and that whole chemistry thing that we haven't gotten a lot of work in yet. We'll do some major catch-up and some major work during the training camp and we'll be ready to go."

On new Special Teams Coordinator Ray Rychleski:

"I've had the opportunity to work with him the last couple of months and he brings a lot of fresh new excitement, that college atmosphere to it. It will be fun to see the changes that he makes and I think he's getting guys really excited to be back out on special teams, too, so I think it's going to be good for the team."

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