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Hakeem Nicks' role should increase with Reggie Wayne out

INDIANAPOLIS – Hakeem Nicks will have an increased in the Indianapolis Colts’ offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with fellow receiver Reggie Wayne not playing because of an elbow injury.

“I look forward to every opportunity,” Nicks said. “Each week I prepare accordingly, prepare like I’m going to play, just like I’m going to play this week. Just have to go out there and play within the offense and everything will be good.”

The increased snaps could help Nicks get going because he has gotten off to a slow start since signing with the Colts in the offseason.

Nicks, the Colts’ No. 3 receiver, is tied for sixth on the team in receptions with 17 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted only once and didn’t have a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

“I knew the situation coming into it,” Nicks said. “I knew I had to have plenty of patience. We’re winning and that’s the most important thing. As long as we keep getting these [wins] everybody is happy.”

The lack of catches isn’t entirely Nicks’ fault. He’s part of an offense where quarterback Andrew Luck has excelled at spreading the ball around. Luck had back-to-back games earlier this season where he completed passes to nine different players.

"He's made an impact with the offense,” offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “I think the ball is being spread around, and his opportunities are going to come. The more they adjust to take away certain receivers, tight ends or whoever it may be, it's just a matter of time before a pro like Hakeem has an opportunity to capitalize on the right matchup."