NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has a sprained ankle and is considered week-to-week.
Allen left Sunday night’s overtime loss to the Houston Texans and was seen on crutches on the sidelines.
At 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, Allen has a big frame and ball skills like many of today’s modern elite NFL tight ends, but injuries like this have derailed him in his entire career. He missed 21 games in his first four NFlL seasons, and now he is on the verge of missing more in his fifth year.
Through six games, Allen has 18 receptions, 192 yards and two touchdowns. In 13 games last season, he had just 16 catches, 109 yards and one touchdown.
Those numbers are a far cry from his rookie year when he had 45 catches for 521 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. In 2014, he had just 29 grabs but he posted a career-high eight touchdowns. Those eight scores are actually more than he has tallied in the entire rest of his career combined.
Allen was a touchdown machine during his junior season of college too. At Clemson, he had 50 catches, 598 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, his final season in school. The Colts selected him with the 64th overall pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, so he actually came into the league with quarterback Andrew Luck.
If Allen has to miss time, Indianapolis will turn to Jack Doyle at tight end. Doyle has 20 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns this season. He has six receiving touchdowns in 53 career games.