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Coby Fleener Seems Likely To Return, Colts Release Kyle Miller

The 2012 second round pick from Stanford looks likely to return to the field this week against the Buffalo Bills.


We have our first sign in a little over three weeks indicating that rookie tight end Coby Fleener could return to the field soon. The Colts released tight end Kyle Miller, who they had promoted from the practice squad prior to the Week 11 Patriots game.

Fleener has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the Colts comeback win against the Titans back in Week 8. With wide receiver Donnie Avery recovering from a concussion, the Colts and Andrew Luck need all the healthy receivers they can get.

Fleener has 21 receptions for 222 yards this season, with zero touchdowns. So far, his rookie campaign can only be described as a disappointment. He's been outplayed by fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen (who was drafted 30 spots below Fleener). When Fleener has seen the field, he's looked slow and sluggish, not the fast, powerful receiver all of us remember watching at Stanford.

If Fleener returns this week, he will be facing a Buffalo Bills defense currently ranked 30th in the entire NFL, per Matt Grecco's The Winning Stats.