Doyle (hip) remains on track for the start of training camp, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports. Although he doesn't have much shot at participating in the offseason program, Doyle at least seems to have avoided setbacks while rehabbing from November surgery to address a lacerated kidney and subsequent offseason surgery for a hip injury. Even if he comes back at full strength, his everydown role from 2017 and early 2018 may be gone after fellow tight end Eric Ebron exploded for 14 touchdowns last season. The Colts hope to find enough targets to keep both players happy, but it might get tricky if T.Y. Hilton stays healthy and Devin Funchess lives up to his one-year, $10 million contract. It's a problem any team would love to have.
Head coach Frank Reich said Doyle (hip) is expected to return to form in time for training camp, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports. "I feel good about it," Reich said. Doyle missed five games with a hip injury early last season and then suffered a lacerated kidney four games after his return, making a grand total of six appearances in 2018. He underwent surgery this offseason to alleviate the lingering pain in his hip, and it seems he's been setback-free in his recovery considering the expectation has always been that Doyle will return for training camp, as the tight end stated in February. Doyle is entering his age-29 season as well as the final year of his contract with the Colts, but more concerning than anything is his ability to co-exist with fellow tight end Eric Ebron, who grabbed 13 touchdowns in 16 games last season.
Doyle (kidney) had offseason hip surgery and hopes to be ready for training camp, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Doyle missed Weeks 3 though 7 of the 2018 campaign with a hip injury and later landed on injured reserve when he suffered a kidney laceration in late November. The second issue may have pushed back his timeline for getting the hip addressed, but he's still hoping to get back on the practice field by late July or August. Once he's back up to speed, Doyle may find himself in a timeshare with Eric Ebron, who erupted for 750 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2018.
Doyle, who underwent season-ending surgery in November to address a lacerated kidney, admitted Sunday that he could require another procedure during the offseason to address a hip/lower-back injury, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Doyle first developed the hip issue Week 2 and missed more than a month before returning to game action Week 8 in Oakland. He would go on to play four consecutive contests before being shut down for good when he required the emergency surgery for his kidney. While Doyle noted that none of his health issues are considered career-threatening, he's still continuing to recover from the November surgery and could get his hip fixed while he's on the mend. For what it's worth, Doyle said he expects to be ready to go for OTAs in May, but that's far from a certain thing at this juncture.
Doyle will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a kidney injury during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. Doyle was admitted to the hospital following the game to undergo an immediate procedure and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis. Eric Ebron has proven more than capable of shouldering the pass-catching burden at tight end, but he's a clear downgrade from Doyle as a run blocker. The 2014 first-round pick drew 50 targets in five games when Doyle was sidelined between Weeks 3 and 7 with a hip injury. This doesn't sound like a medical issue with potential to impact Doyle's availability for the start of the 2019 campaign.
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|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
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