Injury Update: Dwayne Allen Done For Season; Colts Offense Tested

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Head Coach Chuck Pagano said in a press conference that tight end Dwayne Allen will have season-ending hip surgery, via Mike Chappell from indystar.com.

Not only do the Colts lose a great blocker, but a tight end that had a pretty good rookie season offensively, which showed that he was going to be a feature piece in the “no-coast” offense.

Now the Colts will look to expand the role of 2012 second-round draft pick, Coby Fleener, who caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. Fleener does have the potential to fill the role left by Allen, however, Fleener does not have the same type of force when it comes to blocking.

Taking over the blocking reigns will be Dominique Jones. He excels in pass blocking but is pretty average when it comes to catching the ball. In his two-year career, Jones has caught two passes for 21 yards, so it shows his inexperience playing in the NFL. If anything, Pep Hamilton needs to change the offense where they use more three-WR sets rather than two-TE sets.

The remaining Colts tight ends are Jack Doyle and 2013 Mr. Irrelevant Justice Cunningham. Actually, there are no tight ends on the active roster that have the more experience than Fleener and second-year tight end Dominique Jones, therefore this position will be tested throughout the season.

Also, Ryan Grigson can still trade for a tight end before the trade deadline if he so chooses. However, it’s doubtful that the Colts will do that.

This might be a long year if the Colts don’t adjust to this huge loss of Dwayne Allen.

Quotes by Chuck Pagano during Wednesday’s press conference:

“I’m very confident in TE Coby Fleener. You saw what he could do in the game last week. His role will expand now.” via Phil Richards from indystar.com

“Dwayne Allen is a tough, tough kid but once got evaluated by the doctors and what needed to be done for the long term this is right.” via Phil Richards

Quote by TE Dominique Jones:

“Dominique Jones said it’s hard to replace Allen’s versatility. But he feels he can bring support in the pass and run games.” via George Bremer from The Herald Bulletin

Video of Colts players reacting to the loss of TE Dwayne Allen: 

Link: http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130918/SPORTS/130919593/1013 via Reggie Hayes from News-Sentinel.