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Quarterback Carson Wentz 'optimistic' after return to Indianapolis Colts practice Monday

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz was a full participant in the team's 7-on-7 work at Monday's practice. He is not participating in the 11-on-11 practice.

"I'm optimistic but we'll see how it responds," Wentz said after practice. "As long as there's nothing I can do to make it worse, I've played through a lot worse."

Wentz had surgery to remove a piece of bone from his foot on Aug. 2 after two days of practice and was expected to miss between five and 12 weeks. Monday appeared to be a positive step toward the short end of that timetable.

Last week, Reich said he'd like Wentz to get two weeks of practice in before playing a game but that he could play with a single week. With three weeks to go before Week 1, Reich should get his wish if there are no setbacks.

Quarterback Carson Wentz (2) returns to Indianapolis Colts practice Monday.
Quarterback Carson Wentz (2) returns to Indianapolis Colts practice Monday.

Wentz's return to full practice participation and game-readiness will hinge on how his foot responds to increased activity in the coming weeks. So far, he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery.

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Contact IndyStar Deputy Sports Editor Nat Newell at (317) 444-6182 or nat.newell@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NatJNewell.

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