INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 28, 2006) -- Receiver Reggie Wayne rejoined the Indianapolis Colts for practice and is expected to play against the New York Jets.
Wayne flew to Louisiana on Sunday night after learning his 32-year-old brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident.
Although Wayne did not speak with reporters, coach Tony Dungy said he anticipated the 27-year-old receiver would play this week as the Colts (3-0) try to remain unbeaten.
"That's what we're planning, so I would think so," Dungy said after practice. "But it is good to see him back."
Wayne missed practice Sept. 25 and 27; the Colts were off Sept. 26.
Dungy said Wayne arrived in time for the team's morning meetings and he worked out with his teammates without pads in the afternoon.
Rashad Wayne was killed Sunday morning when the delivery truck he was driving crashed into a highway guardrail. Police said Rashad Wayne was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reggie Wayne was told of the accident after the Colts' 21-14 victory over Jacksonville and left town that night. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
"He's doing probably as well as could be expected," Dungy said. "But it's good to see him running routes and things."
Wayne is one of the key components in the Colts' high-scoring offense. In the first three games this year, Wayne has caught 14 passes for 284 yards and is fourth in the NFL in yards receiving.
Wayne's return came as the Colts downgraded Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders from questionable to out for the game. Defensive tackle Corey Simon is also listed as out. Sanders missed the Jacksonville game, and Simon hasn't played yet this season.
Cornerback Nick Harper (ankle), right tackle Ryan Diem (hamstring and thumb), guard Dylan Gandy (abdomen), defensive tackle Darrell Reid (elbow), receiver Brandon Stokley (ankle) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (groin) all missed practice and are listed as questionable.
Cornerback Marlin Jackson (concussion) and defensive back Kelvin Hayden (groin) returned to practice, although Jackson was held out of some drills. Both are questionable.
Dungy's biggest injury concerns are Reid, Vinatieri, Jackson, Gandy and defensive tackle Dan Klecko (lower back).