Two sore ankles have become the Indianapolis Colts’ concerns moving forward.Tight end Dwayne Allen exited in the first half of Sunday’s 42-20 home loss to New England with what coach Chuck Pagano called a “mild ankle.” It was unknown which ankle he hurt. The third-year pro leads the team with seven touchdown receptions.
Perhaps the greater question mark is the left ankle of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who limped to the locker room for an X-ray during the fourth quarter. He was seen talking to teammates with a left boot on his foot after the game.
Bradshaw has such a history of injuries — his last five seasons have been shortened by them, including a season-ending neck injury with the Colts in the third game last season. And he’s been a valuable backfield contributor.
The eighth-year pro entered Sunday with a team-high 421 yards rushing and 5.1-yards-per-carry average as well as 34 receptions for 293 yards and six touchdowns, a league-best for running backs. He departed after gaining just four yards on seven carries and catching four passes for seven yards, by far his least-productive game of the year.
“Dwayne Allen went out with a mild ankle, did not return,” Pagano said. “He’ll be evaluated, get an MRI and we’ll know more in the days to come. Ahmad Bradshaw went out with a lower leg and he’ll be evaluated as well, get an MRI.”
Bradshaw’s injury history includes multiple foot surgeries. If he misses extended time or is lost again for the season, the Colts (6-4) will likely turn to Daniel Herron to back up Trent Richardson.
One of the Colts’ glaring offensive issues against the Patriots was rushing for 19 yards on 17 carries. Richardson had zero yards in seven rushes, meaning the backs combined for four yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Andrew Luck ran for 15 yards on four scrambles.
“We couldn’t generate any kind of run game,” Pagano said.
On the other end of the demoralizing spectrum, the Patriots rushed for 244 yards, led by first-year back Jonas Gray’s 199 and four touchdowns.
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