News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 12, 2013

Allen, 16 other Colts hurting as team returns to camp

Tom James
Tribune-Star Correspondent

INDIANAPOLIS — After several days of speculation, the Indianapolis Colts finally opened the door a crack about the extent of tight end Dwayne Allen’s foot injury.

Allen was hurt during last Tuesday night’s public training camp practice in Anderson. He has not practiced since the injury and speculation has run wild as to just how seriously he might be hurt.

The second-year player from Clemson became an integral part of the Colts’ pass offense as a rookie last season and was being counted on for big things this year. After visiting with team doctors last week, he reached out to another doctor to get a second opinion.

He watched Sunday’s game from the Lucas Oil Stadium press box after emerging from the elevator on crutches with his foot in a walking boot.

“Dwayne, again, has a foot injury,” coach Chuck Pagano said after the Colts’ 44-20 preseason loss to Buffalo. “He’s going to be out for a couple weeks. We’re going to keep him off his feet. You know he’s in a boot. He’s on crutches. [Team doctors] don’t want him on his feet.

“They don’t want any weight on that foot for a couple weeks. Nothing major. We expect to have him back sooner than later. Knowing Dwayne, he’ll do the necessary things that he has to do as far as treatment goes and staying off that thing. [But] he’s probably going to miss a couple weeks.”

• Large injury list — The Colts were without the services of 17 players for Sunday’s game with Buffalo.

Sitting out were outside linebacker Bjoern Werner, cornerback Teddy Williams, safety LaRon Landry, safety Joe Lefeged, safety Larry Asante, safety Sergio Brown, safety John Boyett, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, fullback Dan Moore, inside linebacker Josh McNary, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, inside linebacker Pat Angerer, inside linebacker Mario Harvey, offensive guard Hugh Thornton, center Khaled Holmes, defensive end Fili Moala and Allen.

Four other players left Sunday’s game with injuries: cornerback Cassius Vaughn (wrist), nose tackle Montori Hughes (burner), inside linebacker Justin Hickman (foot) and outside linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring).

Hickman and Vaughn are scheduled to undergo magnetic resonance imaging. Spears’ injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

Werner had been listed as probable going into the Bills game despite missing Friday’s practices with a sore knee.

“We knew that a couple of days ago his knee was sore and we held him out of practice,” Pagano said. “He got treatment on it and he felt better Saturday. But then we brought him out and worked him out [Sunday] morning prior to the game and put him through some stuff. He just wasn’t 100 percent. So rather than just throw him out there at 75 percent or 80 of whatever he is, it just wasn’t worth it. We erred on the side of caution and held him out. He should be back at practice by Tuesday.”

•Coverage issues — Getting better on kickoff and punt coverage was a goal during the offseason. If Sunday’s stats are any indication, Indianapolis still has plenty of work to do.

The Colts allowed 181 yards in kickoff returns, 160 to Marquiese Goodwin alone. Goodwin’s 107-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter broke the game open.  

• Final week of training camp — The Colts will close out this year’s training camp in Anderson with four practices this week. Camp will wrap up on Friday. Workouts will move back to the team’s West 56th Street headquarters for two more weeks.