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Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  He's looking unlikely to play against the Jaguars this weekend.  We just bumped Coby Fleener up our Week 12 TE Rankings.  He went for 47 yards and a score against the Jags earlier this season (with Allen posting 43 yards and a TD).

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.  His injury reportedly isn't serious, but he's iffy to be ready for this weekend's game against the Jaguars.  Coby Fleener will be a solid fantasy starter in that one if Allen is out.  We'll have another update tomorrow.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen told reporters on Monday that he's "day-to-day" with a sprained ankle.  It sounds like he avoided the dreaded high sprain.  Allen hopes to play against the Jaguars this Sunday.  We'll keep an eye on his practice participation throughout the week.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Colts TE Dwayne Allen suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots.  But NFL Networks Ian Rapoport is hearing that Allen's sprain is of the low variety and is "not considered severe."  Rapoport adds, though, that Allen "may miss some time."  Hopefully we'll get a more concrete timetable later today.  Allen's absence would mean an increased role for TE Coby Fleener, who torched the Patriots for 144 yards last night.  That followed a 4-77-1 line on a season-high 11 targets in his previous game.  Fleener still struggles with drops and has corralled just 59% of his targets this year. But he’s averaging 15.1 yards per catch with 4 TDs. Increased volume on the league’s top offense could easily turn Fleener into a weekly fantasy starter down the stretch.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Patriots.  He's considered questionable to return.  TE Coby Fleener could garner extra targets if Allen remains out.

Update: Allen has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Colts TEs coach Alfredo Roberts recently talked up TE Dwayne Allen's well-rounded game.  “(Allen) gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage," Roberts said.  "He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where Coby [Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative.”  Allen finished his 2012 rookie campaign ranked 2nd among TEs in Pro Football Focus' overall grades.  He ranked 9th in receiving, 2nd in pass blocking and 1st in run blocking.  That well-rounded game makes Allen the favorite to lead Colts TEs in snaps.  Fleener's presence could still leave Allen short of reliable fantasy value, though.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen is completely recovered from last September's hip surgery.  “I’m great," he said recently. "I’m actually to 100%."  Allen turned in an impressive rookie campaign back in 2012, posting a 45-521-3 line and finishing 3rd in Pro Football Focus' TE rankings.  His lone catch in 2013 went for a TD before the hip injury ended his season.  Allen will return in 2014 to an offense that figures to make the TE position a bigger part of the passing game now that Rob Chudzinski is on the coaching staff.  We'll see how the targets are split between Allen and Coby Fleener.

The Colts have added former Browns HC Rob Chudzinski to their coaching staff.  OC Pep Hamilton is expected to retain play-calling duties, but Chud will certainly have a hand in the offensive attack.  As we saw in Cleveland this past year, he favors an aggressive, pass-happy offense.  Chud likes to chuck it downfield and get his TEs involved in the passing game.  Consider his arrival good news for Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) expects to be medically cleared by February.  The 2nd-year TE suffered a season-ending hip injury in September that required surgery.  It sounds like he avoided a setback in his rehab, though, and should be at 100% for the 2014 campaign.  Allen turned in a promising 2012 rookie season, hauling in 45 balls for 521 yards and 3 TDs.  All 3 marks bested TE Coby Fleener.  Allen also graded out as a top 3 run- and pass-blocker, according to Pro Football Focus.  His return will be a big boost to Indy's offense this coming season.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano announced that TE Dwayne Allen will undergo season-ending hip surgery.  Allen is Indy's best all-around TE.  He finished 3rd in Pro Football Focus' 2012 overall TE rankings -- 9th in pass-catching, 2nd in pass-blocking and 3rd in run-blocking.  His loss is bad news for QB Andrew Luck.  It's good news for TE Coby Fleener, who will see an increase in snaps and targets.  With Allen sidelined last week, Fleener busted out for 4 catches on 7 targets for 69 yards and 1 TD.  He has TE1 upside the rest of the way.

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As expected, Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) is out for today's game against the Dolphins.  That should mean a few extra targets for TE Coby Fleener, who is an intriguing Week 2 spot starter.

The Colts have downgraded TE Dwayne Allen to doubtful for the Week 2 meeting with Miami because of a hip injury.  Beat writer Mike Chappell said via Twitter, "I'll be surprised if he plays."  (Kinda goes along with the "doubtful" tag.)  As we mentioned previously, Browns TE Jordan Cameron enjoyed a huge day against the Dolphins in Week 1.  That positions Colts TE Coby Fleener as an upside Week 2 option.

The Colts listed TE Dwayne Allen (hip) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.  He was unable to practice all week, though, so we'd bet against him playing.  He won't be a fantasy option if he does.  If Allen is inactive, TE Coby Fleener will be an intriguing spot starter.  The Fins were torched by Browns TE Jordan Cameron last week.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  Allen says he's still "optimistic" he'll be able to play against the Dolphins this weekend, but he'll need to get on the field tomorrow to have a shot.  Allen won't be a recommended fantasy option regardless.

An MRI on Colts TE Dwayne Allen's injured hip came back negative.  He'll undergo treatment on Tuesday, and HC Chuck Pagano hopes to have Allen on the practice field Wednesday.  It sounds like Allen has a good chance of playing against the Dolphins this weekend.  Despite hauling in a 20-yard TD in the opener, though, Allen won't be a recommended fantasy option coming off the injury.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen left Sunday's game against the Raiders with a foot injury.  It's unclear if it's an aggravation of the foot problem that kept him sidelined all preseason.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

Colts TEs Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are both expected to be ready for Week 1.  Fleener has been sidelined about a week with a minor knee injury.  Allen has been out the entire preseason with a bum foot.  With both guys on the field, neither is more than a TE2 for fantasy purposes.

The Colts are "optimistic" that TE Dwayne Allen (foot) will be ready for Week 1, according to ESPN's Mike Wells.  “He is trending and progressing in the right direction, so hopefully we get him back sooner than later,” HC Chuck Pagano said.  Foot injuries can be tricky, though.  And Allen is missing valuable practice time in a new offensive system.  Don't draft him as anything more than a low-end backup.

It sounds like Colts TE Dwayne Allen was a bit optimistic when he said via Twitter that he expects to return to the field "very soon."  Insider Mike Chappell reports that Allen will miss "a couple weeks" with his foot injury. HC Chuck Pagano would only say that Allen is expected back for Week 1. He's currently in a walking boot and on crutches.  Missing camp and preseason action is bad news for a young player in a new offense.  We'll keep an eye on Allen's status over the next few weeks, but he's just a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts.  Meanwhile, TE Coby Fleeners's stock continues to rise.  He's had an impressive camp, caught 2 balls for 37 yards in Sunday's preseason opener, and will now have a chance to take advantage of Allen's absence.

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