The Colts designated Swoope to return from IR after he resumed practicing Nov. 8, but with the tight end's three-week evaluation window coming to a close Wednesday, Pagano and the coaching staff determined Swoope hadn't made enough progress to help the team over its final five games. The extended shutdown period will prevent Swoope from practicing again in 2017, but he should enter the Colts' offseason program at full health. Swoope could resurface as the top backup to Jack Doyle next season.
Swoope, who is on injured reserve with a designation to return, was eager to return this week. However, the Colts elevated fellow tight end Jason Vander Laan from the practice squad Saturday, which indicates Swoope will have to wait another week to return. The 25-year-old hauled in 15 receptions for 297 yards and a touchdown last season, and is expected to be starting tight end Jack Doyle's top backup once he returns.
Swoope (knee) said he plans to increase his involvement in practices this week in anticipation of being activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans, Ross Hollebon of the Colts' official site reports. "Last week I mainly went with the scout team, so this will be a good week to go with the offense and getting used to that whole flow of getting used to game prep," Swoope said Monday.
The Colts made Swoope one of their two players designated to return from IR on Nov. 8, giving the team 21 days to either activate him or rule him out for the remainder of the season. With that timeline in mind, the Colts won't have to make a decision on his status until next week, but Swoope, who has been sidelined since the preseason while recovering from a knee scope, is hopeful he'll be active for the Week 12 matchup. If the Colts determine Swoope is sufficiently healthy, he could immediately step in as the top backup to Jack Doyle and see liberal usage in an offense that frequently made use of two tight-end sets during Swoope's rookie season. The 25-year-old suited up in all 16 games in 2016, hauling in 15 of 22 targets for 297 yards and a touchdown.
Swoope (knee) could return for Week 12 against the Titans, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Swoope returned to practice Wednesday but wasn't activated from injured reserve for Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Steelers. With the Colts heading into a bye week, he'll have a good chance to return for the team's next game, presumably retaking his role as the No. 2 tight end. Swoope could find himself one Jack Doyle injury away from drawing regular targets.
Swoope (knee) will return to practice Wednesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
It's not clear if Swoope will be activated from IR before Sunday's game against the Steelers, but his return looks imminent in any event. Swoope was a potential sleeper heading into this season before suffering a knee injury in mid-August. Unfortunately, he may not get many balls thrown his way with the Colts struggling in the passing game without Andrew Luck (shoulder).
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