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INDIANAPOLIS

Halfway through the NFL’s regular season is not the time to hand out awards.

I will say this. If the Indianapolis Colts play their final eight games at or above the level in which they performed during the first eight, the bed of a pickup truck will be needed to pick up and transport all the shiny hardware.

Consider:

Most valuable player

Reggie Wayne. Remove Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady from the Patriots, Frank Gore from the 49ers and Matt Ryan from the Falcons, and those are still talented teams. No longer are they necessarily Super Bowl contenders, but all four remain a quality product.

Take the 12th-year wide receiver away from the Colts, particularly early on when rookies Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard, T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen were getting their feet wet, and Indianapolis isn’t close to emerging as the league’s surprise club.

Wayne turns 34 next week, but he’s proving ageless with 63 receptions for 835 yards. We all oohed and aahed in 2010 when Wayne finished with career-best sums in receptions (111) and yards (1,355), but he’s on pace this season to go for 126 and 1,670 yards, astronomical statistics even for the five-time Pro Bowl selection.

Only one receiver in league history has been named MVP (Jerry Rice in 1987), an award almost always given to a quarterback. Right now it appears to be Wayne’s to lose.

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