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Indianapolis Colts

October 5, 2012

Wayne shares a special bond with Pagano

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INDIANAPOLIS —

 
"You just have to be able to have football and then you have your personal issues in the same vain but at the same time, knowing what’s more important at that time.”
 
Wayne has been in contact with Pagano this week. He's not surprised by how the coach is battling his illness.
 
“He’s doing good. He’s looking it straight in the eyes. He understands what is going on," Wayne explained. "He understands there is a tough task in front of him. If there is somebody that can go in and hit this out of the ball park, it is him.”
 
Pagano emails players, coaches -- The stricken Colts coach reportedly sent emails to each of the team's players and coaches from his bed at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Care Center.
 
Interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said that the emails were private, long and emotional. He plans to read the email during today's scheduled team meeting.
 
Arians also said that he has been in contact with Pagano this week about Sunday's offensive and defensive game plan. He added that the coach has been viewing video of practices from his hospital bed.
 
“I think it helps his mind. He’s got his iPad,. He’s watching [Friday's] practice probably right now. He’s probably already got it streamed. So we’ll always talk about that," Arians said.

 

Injury list -- Arians said Friday that offensive guard Joe Reitz (knee), cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle), offensive guard Seth Olsen (knee), cornerback Justin King (groin) and inside linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) will not play Sunday against the Packers.
 
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (ankle), center Samson Satele (knee), tight end Coby Fleener (head) and running Mewelde Moore (ankle) will all be game-time decisions.

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