Several Colts fans, including myself, spent the past few days wondering just how serious tight end Dwayne Allen's foot injury was after he went for a second opinion on Friday.
Turns out it's not as bad as we feared.
"We're going to keep him off his feet, he's in a boot, he's on crutches. They don't want any weight on that foot for a couple of weeks. Nothing major. We expect to have him back sooner than later, and knowing Dwayne, he'll do the necessary things he has to do as far as treatment goes and staying off that thing."
Pagano was then asked if he expected Allen to be ready for the September 8th season opener against the Raiders, and the coach answered, "yeah, absolutely."
That's obviously very good news and it's real encouraging that Allen likely won't miss regular season time. It doesn't matter if he plays in the preseason as long as he's ready to contribute when the games begin to count.
Earlier this morning, we wrote this quick update on Allen after he was spotted in the press box on crutches and wearing a boot but after he said that he was "confident" that he will be back "very soon." He tweeted this earlier today:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Have to sit this one out but Im confident Ill be back out on the field very soon! Excited to watch the new ... <a href="http://t.co/Iun1OeM1Av">http://t.co/Iun1OeM1Av</a></p>— Dwayne Allen (@Dallen83) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dallen83/statuses/366586686009917442">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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After that drubbing the Colts just took on the field, it's good to hear that one of their best players shouldn't be off of it for long.