INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have brought back a man who originally made the 53-man roster following the 2016 preseason.
On Tuesday morning, the Colts signed veteran tight end Chase Coffman (37 career games, 3 starts).
The move to bring Coffman onboard comes after the Colts were awaiting MRI results for Dwayne Allen's injured right ankle.
Allen suffered the injury on the fifth snap of Sunday's loss to Houston. While engaging former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Allen was rolled up on at the bottom of a pile.
NFL.com has reported that Allen is "week-to-week" and will likely miss some time.
On Sunday night, the Colts relied on Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox to make up for Allen's loss.
Doyle has been Mr. Steady this season. He has 20 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Swoope **played 40 snaps on Sunday, making his first NFL catch in what was by far the most playing time of his career. He finished Sunday with two grabs for 42 yards.
Nonetheless, the potential loss of Allen for any time is significant. Allen excels as a blocker and the Colts were using him quite a bit in 2016 (Allen had 18 catches for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns through six games).
Chuck Pagano should have a further update on Allen's status when the head coach meets the media on Wednesday morning (Tuesday is the player's day off). Allen has missed 21 career games due to injuries.
Coffman has played for five NFL teams and had a very solid 2016 preseason for the Colts.
Signed in late July, Coffman caught eight balls in nine targets during the preseason.
The Colts originally kept Coffman on the 53-man roster following final roster cuts, before injuries in the secondary took up his spot.