This is a mere formality, as Allen hasn't practiced since suffering the injury and is considered week-to-week. His absence could stretch beyond Sunday, potentially giving Jack Doyle an extended audition as the top tight end.
Allen (sprained ankle) is considered week-to-week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The wording suggests Allen will likely miss at least one game, likely leaving Jack Doyle as the team's top option at tight end temporarily. Considering that Allen and Doyle have cut into each other's targets all season, it's possible the latter could actually get more work than what's come to be expected of the man he's replacing. Allen's practice availability will still be worth monitoring later this week, as the Colts still haven't commented on his injury.
Allen accounted for the Colts' first two targets of the game, but he couldn't make it through the first quarter, and it didn't take long for the team to rule him out. Jack Doyle already plays a lot and is now left as the top tight end, with Erik Swoope serving as the backup. Should Allen miss any further time, Doyle might find himself in an every-down role, potentially absorbing a good chunk of his teammate's targets (five per game). Neither tight end has individually topped six targets in a game this season, but they did combine for at least nine in four out of five games entering Sunday.
Allen's touchdown catch came on a crucial fourth down from the 1-yard line in the first half. He found the end zone for the first time since Week 1 while also setting a season high in catches. The veteran tight end only scored once in 13 games last season, but his eight-touchdown 2014 campaign proves that he's capable of being a dangerous red-zone weapon for the
Allen had two receptions for 20 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.
Allen played more snaps (62) than Jack Doyle (40), but wasn't prominently featured in the passing game once the team fell behind. He also had a bad drop. Allen looks like a boom-or-bust option that's mostly dependent on red zone production at this point as he's not getting enough targets each week for viable fantasy value in most formats.
|7||10/23/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/5/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
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