— WR Reggie Wayne recently joked that he'll let everybody know whether he'll report to training camp on time via his own hourlong national television press conference, a la the NBA's LeBron James.
Wayne did not take part in the Colts' OTA or mandatory minicamp this year due to his desire to re-negotiate his contract with the team.
Indianapolis officials have balked at discussing contract issues for the time being, but they are hopeful that the team's Pro Bowl receiver will be at camp at time.
He is dissatisfied with his contract, a six-year, $39 million deal that has two years to run with base salaries of $5.47 million this season and $5.95 million in 2011.
"I want to be there on time but we're just going to do our part and let them do all the negotiations," he said recently. "We done talked a little bit but it's just talk. That was it.
"I play football. That's what I do. I love the game. It goes deeper than contract talks; I like doing this. I ain't getting any younger and football is my passion."
— WR Reggie Wayne is known for making splashy entrances at the start of training camp. A few years ago, he showed up in Terre Haute — along with former Colts RB Edgerrin James — as passengers in an Indianapolis cab. Last year his arrival at camp was marked by wearing a hard hat and getting out of a construction company dump truck.
"I've always got something planned," he said. "Hopefully everything falls into place and I end up at Anderson on time."
— Former CFL DE John Chick will warrant a long look from the Colts' defensive coaching staff and from the team's fans.
Chick, who played last season with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders, was diagnosed as a teenager as a Type 1 diabetic. The Wyoming native, who played collegiately at Utah State, will be appearing in his second NFL training camp. He was with Houston in 2006.
Chick said he can "monitor" his diabetes during games. "I got used to it and what works best," he said recently.
"I've really enjoyed the last few years, getting to speak and raise awareness and hoping to motivate people who are dealing with this. It's been a privilege for me. I've always been told by my parents and those around me that I can do whatever I want; you've just got to believe in it. You do the right things as many times as it takes and you can live the life you want to live."
— Second-year P Pat McAfee spent part of his offseason vacationing in Europe. Just don't ask him about his camel ride in the Canary Islands.
"It was just like a slow horse," he said. "The only reason I really went on this trip is because I had an opportunity to ride a camel. As it turned out, it was the lowest point of the trip. I wanted to get on it with my own reins and take it for a run. But I was like roped in line.
"Got spit on by the camel behind me. They have these cages on their mouths so they don't bite anybody, but they sneeze through them. It was like a half-hour ride. For five minutes, I was into it. Then after that, I was kind of like, 'Let's get me off this thing.'"
McAfee's European adventure also included stops in Germany, Portugal's Madeira Island and Morocco.
— McAfee had a 44.3-yard punting average as a rookie. He also handled kickoffs and had 21 kickoff touchbacks and didn't botch a single snap in his first experience as a holder.
"I remember in preseason, they broke one down from SkyCam in slow motion to judge my holding," McAfee said. "There was a lot of talk about it. I didn't really listen to it. I was just working. I was fortunate to have guys like Adam Vinatieri, Matt Stover and (long snapper) Justin Snow work with me. I'm a lucky, lucky guy."
CAMP CALENDAR: The Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to report to training camp by 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. The team's preseason workouts will be conducted at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., this year. The Colts spent the past 11 summers at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. The first training camp practices are set for Monday, Aug. 2 (8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.). Indianapolis initially held its training camp practices at Anderson University from 1984, when the franchise moved west from Baltimore, until 1998.
The Colts have 24 scheduled practices over 18 days, including three evening workouts (7:30 p.m.) on Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 17. Special teams only sessions are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Aug. 5, Aug. 9 and Aug. 12.
Indianapolis is slated to break camp after a 9:30 a.m. practice on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The remainder of the team's preseason work will be done at the Colts' west side Indianapolis complex.
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