Colts could be without TE Allen on Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – Lost in Friday's news of running back Vick Ballard's season-ending injury is word that the Indianapolis Colts could also be without starting tight end Dwayne Allen for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Allen didn’t practice this week because of a hip injury, which happened in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

“The injury that he suffered to the hip is coming around, but it hasn’t come around as quickly as we thought it would,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “It didn’t make any sense to push the envelope and put him out there to practice.”

Allen is expected to test his hip Saturday to see if he’ll be able to play against a Dolphins team that had six sacks against Cleveland last weekend.

Allen’s second season hasn’t started the way he envisioned. He missed the entire preseason with a foot sprain, and now he’s dealing with the hip problem.

Dominique Jones will be the second tight end behind Coby Fleener if Allen doesn't play.

Besides Allen, starting linebackers Jerrell Freeman (quadriceps) and Erik Walden (hamstring) and backup linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle) are listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

Kick returner/receiver David Reed is out Sunday due to a quadriceps injury.