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"Low Ankle Sprain" Has Dwayne Allen Hopeful To Play Sunday

Intro: The injury news was the major topic at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday afternoon. What did Dwayne Allen have to say when he met with the media?





INDIANAPOLIS – The 24-hour rule following the Colts 42-20 loss to the Patriots hadn't reached the final ticking point before Chuck Pagano made it clear the team was on to Jacksonville.

Along with Pagano's recap from Sunday night, there was some major injury news announced on Monday afternoon.

Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen meeting the media on Monday:

Chuck Pagano on the problems in the rush defense from Sunday night:

"If you're going to be a great defense, you've got to be a great tackling defense. We didn't tackle as well as we've tackled in the past."

Bowen's Analysis: The tackling was a common theme during Pagano's media availabilities on Monday. At times on Sunday night, the Colts had chances to make some plays near the line of scrimmage but poor tackling contributed to the Patriots 244 rushing yards.

One key injury to watch up front this week is Arthur Jones. Last year with the Ravens, Jones was a force in the rush defense area. With Jones on the field, the Ravens were more than a yard better in yards per carry allowed. Jones has played just three games this season, but he did practice in a limited role late last week. Pagano said on his weekly radio show that he hopes to get Jones back in the lineup this week.

Andrew Luck on dealing with T.Y. Hilton being double-teamed:

"Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job of getting points on the board and they had a great plan, but I think a key to it is staying patient.

"We realize there's a bunch of guys that can make plays. If you focus on one guy too much then someone else is going to step up, and I thought some guys really did step up and play well."

Bowen's Analysis: Chuck Pagano said on Monday that the Colts saw a lot of single-high safety with coverage rolled towards T.Y. Hilton from the Patriots. The Colts leading receiver finished Sunday night with just three catches for 24 yards, both season lows.

What we saw on Sunday was Luck turn in the direction of Coby Fleener and to accentuate other non-traditional matchups. The extra attention towards Hilton might not be going anywhere with the injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Dwayne Allen. Pep Hamilton always talks about the adaptation that has to occur over the course of an NFL season. The Colts offense is in that process.

Dwayne Allen on his injury status:

"Low ankle sprain. It shouldn't be anything too serious. So get some rehab, get some ice on it, see how it feels. I feel like I'm day-to-day."

Bowen's Analysis:* *The good news on the Colts injury front came when Allen and his walking boot entered the locker room on Monday afternoon. Allen said he's hopeful to play on Sunday.

While Allen's status for the Jaguars game will carry on throughout the week, the severity doesn't seem to be that of an Ahmad Bradshaw. Just pop in virtually any game film of the Colts offense this year and Allen's presence is seen in the running and passing game. He's allowed the Colts offense to open up the playbook after missing 15 games last season. If Allen does have to miss any time, Coby Fleener is coming off two of his finer performances as a pro.

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