If you recall, he missed practice on Thursday and Friday with what was described only as a "sore foot" and Chuck Pagano said after practice Friday that he was getting a second opinion. That usually means that the first opinion wasn't that good.
Well, this morning Allen reportedly said that he is "confident" that he will be back "very soon." In this rotoworld report, it even says this:
"Allen expects to be back "very soon." There hasn't been any official word on Allen's second opinion, but it's safe to surmise he received good news. It sounds like there's a good chance he'll return to practice this week, but it's too early to speculate on his status for Indy's second preseason game next Sunday."
It's not a doctor saying it or anything and it has to be taken with a grain of salt, but still it's very encouraging to hear. Shortly after we heard that encouraging news, however, Dwayne Allen entered the press box on crutches and wearing a hard boot on his foot. That's not so encouraging, and that speaks much louder than words.
However, George Bremer (a must follow for all things Colts) tells me that we shouldn't make too much of that:
@Coltsfanwilson I was told explicitly not to read anything into it. Looks worse than it is.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 11, 2013
So basically, in summation, we don't know much more definitively on Allen, but things are sounding encouraging after they weren't on Friday. Mike Chappell (also a must follow for all things Colts) is feeling better about it as well:
Nothing official at all, but getting the impression #colts TE Dwayne Allen could be ready for start of reg. season. That would ease concerns— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) August 11, 2013
So no, we have nothing "official" yet on Allen, but the signs are positive. And with a player like Allen that the Colts can't afford to lose, that's incredibly good news. He won't be on the field today, but he may be back sooner than we initially feared. And as long as he's ready for the regular season, I'm happy.