After suffering a hip injury that caused him to miss the Indianapolis Colts' Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins, it appeared as though tight end Dwayne Allen was taking things on a day-to-day basis. It turns out that the injury was much worse than originally thought, however, as he will undergo season-ending hip surgery, according to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com.
Pagano said Dwayne Allen will require season ending hip surgery.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) September 18, 2013
Allen was a key contributor for the Colts last season as a rookie. He developed into one of quarterback Andrew Luck's most reliable targets en route to a 45-catch, 521-yard campaign. He had just one catch for 20 yards in Indy's season-opening game against the Oakland Raiders this year, but it went for a touchdown.
At just 23 years of age, Allen has a long and successful career ahead of him. That fact was significant in moving forward with the decision for Allen to have surgery, according to Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.
#Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Dwayne Allen's hip surgery is what's best for the tight end's career.— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) September 18, 2013
The Colts have dealt with plenty of significant injuries through the first two weeks of the regular season as running back Vick Ballard was lost for the year as well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Colts RB Vick Ballard is out for season after injuring knee during practice Thursday (@MikeWellsNFL contributed to report).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2013
That type of bad luck is something that head coach Chuck Pagano believes the Colts will simply have to overcome, according to Wilson.
#Colts coach Pagano on so many serious injuries: "It's tough. ... It's part of the game. Some years are like that."— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) September 18, 2013
In Allen's absence, Coby Fleener is likely to receive a significant amount of playing time. Fleener was Luck's go-to target at Stanford, and although they didn't seem to have that same type of synergy last season, Fleener is growing into the offense.
Fleener had four catches for 69 yards and touchdown with Allen out of the lineup last week, and he will now be Luck's primary safety valve in the passing game.
While Luck and Fleener could make for a dynamic duo, Luck feels terribly for Allen in the wake of the announcement that he'll miss the remainder of the 2013 season, according to Bowen.
Andrew Luck on Dwayne Allen news: "My heart felt for him. I felt sick."— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) September 18, 2013
This is obviously a very tough break for Allen, but Fleener has a golden opportunity to step up and make his presence felt.
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