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Colts sign tight end Chase Coffman

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The Indianapolis Colts this morning signed free agent tight end Chase Coffman to their active roster, filling the open spot on the 53-man roster.

It’s no surprise to see them add a tight end, as Dwayne Allen suffered an ankle injury on Sunday night and is expected to miss time, as NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported last night that Allen has a sprained ankle and is week-to-week. Signing Coffman to the active roster adds depth to the position while Allen is out, which is very needed - as the only healthy tight ends right now are Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope.

Coffman spent time with the Colts in training camp and preseason and actually made the initial 53-man roster, but was cut shortly thereafter. He impressed in the preseason and in training camp, though, so it’s not a surprise that he’s the guy the Colts called up when they needed a tight end. The 6-6, 250 pound tight end has played in 37 career NFL games (starting three) and has caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He was originally selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri, and he has spent time with the Bengals (2009-2011), the Falcons (2012-2013), the Titans (2014-2015), the Seahawks (2015), and now the Colts (2016).