Jul 27, 2016; Anderson, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) during training camp at Anderson University. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger/Indianapolis Star via USA TODAY Sports
The return of Allen may explain why the team elected to waive 3rd-string tight end Chase Coffman Tuesday in favor of promoting backup cornerback Frankie Williams off their practice squad–which otherwise seemed like a somewhat risky roster proposition.
While it looks as though Allen still has a ways to go in determining his availability for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, it looks as though he may have a shot of actually playing.
Otherwise, the team was given some discouraging news, as starting wide receiver and top playmaker T.Y. Hilton remains unsure of his status for Sunday–having been held out in order to rest a sore hamstring:
T.Y. Hilton said he's not sure if he will play this week. Said the hamstring injury came on the first drive Sunday. Going to rest today
Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that both starting shutdown cornerback Vontae Davis and swing-tackle Joe Reitz remain in the league’s concussion protocol and did not practice.
Oct 9, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates with tackle Jack Mewhort (75) after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Joining them in being unable to participate in practice was starting offensive guard standout Jack Mewhort, who head coach Chuck Pagano still had no definite timetable for his return saying, “Just trusting the doctors, listening to them,” on a tricep injury that continues to keep him out.
If Mewhort and Reitz are out, the Colts would likely switch rookie Joe Haeg back to starting right tackle, while backup Jonotthan Harrison would take over the starting left guard position.