Colts' Wayne back at practice after five-day absence

Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne has returned to practice after missing five days for personal reasons.

Coach Jim Caldwell still has not said why Wayne was out.

"It was a personal issue," Caldwell told The Indianapolis Star. "That's probably as far as it needs to go really. That's a thing of it, all of us need our space sometimes. Not everything is for public consumption."

The five-time Pro Bowl selection hadn't practiced since last Wednesday and skipped Friday night's preseason game against Washington, which the Colts lost, 16-3.

Wayne has been a vital cog in the Colts' high-scoring offense for years, first as the complementary receiver to Marvin Harrison, then as Peyton Manning's No. 1 option. Last year, Wayne had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns.

His return comes as Manning missed yet another practice while he rehabs from offseason surgery to repair a nerve in his neck.

Caldwell said receiver Austin Collie, who missed the Redskins game with a knee injury, has also returned to practice this week. Fellow wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who has played just three games in two years because of various injuries, is still a question mark with a hamstring injury.

"He's still working through his issues," Caldwell said of Gonzalez.

The coach told The Star that free-agent additions Ernie Sims at outside linebacker, Jamaal Anderson at defensive end and Tommie Harris at defensive tackle all returned to practice Monday and could return to action Friday night against Green Bay at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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