Dwayne Allen hopes to play Sunday

Colts tight end is 'day-to-day' with low right ankle sprain.

While the Indianapolis Colts must regroup after the loss of running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a fractured left fibula, the news is encouraging about tight end Dwayne Allen’s right ankle.

Allen suffered a low ankle sprain in the first half of Sunday night’s 42-20 home loss to New England, but the third-year pro spoke to reporters the next day and expressed optimism that he could return for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville (1-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Definitely. Definitely hopeful to play this Sunday,” Allen said.

The tight end leads the Colts with seven touchdown receptions. He’s caught 26 passes for 374 yards.

“It shouldn’t be anything too serious,” he said. “So get some rehab, get some ice on it, see how it feels. I feel like I’m day-to-day.”

That’s the classification also given by head coach Chuck Pagano.

The Colts (6-4) are preparing to be without Bradshaw for possibly the remainder of the season, so not losing another key player to injury was welcome news.

“If I could have done anything to get back out there to help these guys out, I would have,” Allen said. “This is the second year in a row where I had to watch our run game struggle against those guys and those guys just pounding us. That was really tough, just watching and not being able to help.”

Allen said the injury occurred on a play when Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich was penalized for illegal hands to the face.

“Got rolled up from behind, forgot the number,” Allen said. “The center was coming around and I was running my feet; you’re always taught to run your feet and hopefully that’s why I feel so good today.”

Allen spoke about what the team will miss from Bradshaw, the team’s leading rusher who also led NFL running backs with six touchdown receptions.

“A passion for the game,” he said. “He’s one of those guys whenever you touch the field, he transforms. We feed off of his passion for this game, his love of this game.”

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