The Indianapolis Colts have had a tough time finding consistency within their offense lately. Earlier this season, the Colts placed RB Vick Ballard on the Injured Reserved list. Indianapolis learned they would lose two more key components to their offense this week. Head Coach Chuck Pagano announced TE Dwayne Allen requires season-ending surgery. Offensive Guard, Donald Thomas has also been placed on IR.
Dwayne Allen, TE
Allen sustained a hip injury during the Colts week 1 victory over the Oakland Raiders. His status was day-to-day during week 2 as he was listed as questionable until game day. Sunday the Colts listed him as doubtful. Now suddenly he is out for the entire season.
Allen was taken by the Colts 64th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. During his rookie year, Allen was targeted 66 times for 45 receptions and 521 yards. The young tight end got the Colts 30 first downs and 3 touchdowns last year. Allen's sole reception this season was for a touchdown over the Raiders.
In Allen's absence, Coby Fleener has had to stepped into the starter role at tight end. Fleener was drafted before Allen, 34th overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, Fleener was targeted 48 times for 26 receptions and 281 yards. Fleener scored 2 touchdowns for the Colts last season.
Donald Thomas, G
Thomas was carted off the field during the Colts' loss to Miami after he tore a quadriceps tendon in his right leg. Pagano announced on Monday that Thomas would also require season-ending surgery, placing him on IR. Now the Colts have lost three players crucial to their pass protection.
Rookie Hugh Thornton is expected to replace Thomas on the line. Thornton was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.