Colts’ TE Allen bouncing back nicely

Dwayne Allen

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – With two offensive starters already lost to season ending injuries, the Colts are playing it safe.  A dozen players sat out of Friday’s practice, but none of those injuries were serious.

The Colts have also been managing the reps of tight end Dwayne Allen as he works back from a hip injury.  He told us he feels great so far and isn’t concerned about getting hurt again.

“One of the things that I realized is in football there’s 100 percent chance that you’re going to be injured sometime or later as long as you play this game,” said Allen.  “I realize that and embrace it, and know that that’s a possibility, but it’s never on my mind. I go out and play as fast as I can and hope for the best.”

Coaches expect Allen to be a big part of the offense this season.

“Dwayne is a rare breed of tight end, in a sense, because he is a really good run blocker, but at the same time he’s explosive enough and fast enough to make plays and threaten the defense down the field,” said Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.  “His versatility is something that we feel like we’ll be able to employ and give us a chance to have good plays, make more big plays on our offense.”

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