Colts TE Allen talks recovery

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball between Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker (58) and safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Patriots won 43-22 to advance to the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball between Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andy Studebaker (58) and safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Patriots won 43-22 to advance to the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The 2013 season was a tough one for Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Dwayne Allen, who had to watch from the sidelines.

The second year player out of Clemson suffered a season ending hip injury in Week 1, but he says he’s learned just as much from watching as playing.

“I’ve been able to grow so much during the season,” Allen said.  “I feel like the biggest growth a player can have is off the field, and that’s one of the things I was able to do.”

He told 24-Hour News 8 he hopes to be medically cleared by the end of February, which means he’d be ready to go by OTA’s later in the spring.  The decision of when he’ll be able to play is ultimately up to team personnel, but he’s very eager to go.

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