Dwayne Allen Injury: Updates on Colts TE's Ankle and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Sep 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen had not played since he suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Allen Active vs. Packers

Sunday, Nov. 6

The Colts announced Allen is available to play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.

Latest on Allen's Practice Status

Friday, Nov. 4

The Colts announced Allen took part in practice Friday.

Pagano Comments on Allen's Injury

Friday, Nov. 4

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Allen is "not 100 percent" but noted the tight end had a good week of practice.

A Healthy Allen Is Key to Successful Colts Offense

Since playing all 16 games as a rookie in 2012, Allen has been susceptible to injuries and has regularly missed time. The former third-round pick missed 15 games in 2013 because of a hip problem and missed three games in 2014 with a sprained ankle

The former Clemson star missed three more games last season—two because of an ankle injury suffered in Week 2 against the New York Jets.

Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue tweeted out an alarming trend for Allen based on Pro Football Focus' grading metrics:

Josh Wilson @JoshWilsonSB

Not that PFF grades are everything, but this look at Dwayne Allen's grades is interesting. https://t.co/iimBY6bRMH https://t.co/6ceNgE5cqq

The Colts don't have the same depth at tight end this year after Coby Fleener signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. 

Injuries destroyed the Colts' playoff chances last year, but as long as they can keep Andrew Luck healthy, they will be competitive.

Allen has the talent to be an impact weapon after recording eight touchdown catches in 2014. His health will be a key focal point for the Colts this season now that he's back in the lineup.