ISR Colts/Notre Dame Beat Writer
Starting tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a mild hip injury during Sunday’s game against the Raiders, but it was originally feared to be a re-injury to the foot that gave him issues through the majority of training camp. When asked about injuries to Allen, as well as starting inside linebacker Pat Angerer, head coach Chuck Pagano responded:
“Dwayne’s MRI came back negative, so that was good news. He’ll be in all day tomorrow for treatment and hopefully be able to roll on Wednesday. He’s a tough guy, so he actually came back and tried to tough that thing out last night. And Pat, he’s still going through the concussion protocol, so he’s day-to-day.”
Pagano did not comment on the injury to linebacker Kavell Conner’s ankle, but Conner is expected to be back in action this Sunday against the Dolphins. The missing presence of Angerer and Conner was evident in last week’s game, as Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor became the league’s leading rusher (he would be supplanted later) by running for over 100 yards – mostly on plays where he was flushed out of the pocket due to pressure from the Colts defense, as well as Pryor’s receivers being covered downfield.
Allen playing a full game will be crucial for the Colts offense Sunday, as he had 6 catches for 75 yards in last year’s showdown of the two teams, and the offense moved much more smoothly with him in the game last week against the Raiders.
On Tuesday, the Colts waived linebacker Quinton Spears from the Injured Reserve list. This leaves Justin Anderson, Justin Hickman, Scott Lutrus, Dan Moore, Lawrence Sidbury and Daxton Swanson as the members of the Colts IR list.
- The Colts have won four straight games against the Dolphins. A win this Sunday would make it five.
- The Colts have turned the ball over zero times in three consecutive regular season games. If the Colts record zero turnovers against the Dolphins, that would set a team record with four straight regular season games without turning the ball over.
- Reggie Wayne needs one 10-catch game to tie Marvin Harrison (16) for the most in Colts history. Wayne had 7 catches for 78 yards and 1 touchdown against the Dolphins in 2012.
- Wayne needs 7 catches to pass Randy Moss (982) for ninth most in NFL history
- Wayne has caught three-or-more passes in an NFL-record 65 consecutive games. The previous record was set by Cris Carter with 58. Wayne started the streak in Week 1 of the 2009 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Come back later this week for a pre-game preview and post-game review of the Colts and Dolphins showdown on Sunday.