INDIANAPOLIS -- It was about this time two years ago that Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen's draft stock dropped. While South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney turned heads by running a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash on Monday, Allen ran it in 4.9 seconds two years ago, causing him to slide to the third round of the 2012 draft.
Allen shook off the slight in the draft to start all 16 games and finish with 521 yards receiving his rookie season.
Allen's second season didn't even last a full game because of a hip injury that required surgery.
His absence was noticeable because the Colts had hoped that he and Coby Fleener would be one of the top tight end duos last season. Allen is a complete tight end because of his ability to block and catch. Fleener had a solid season but the Colts needed Allen's presence in the offense.
Barring any kind of setback, Allen will be medically cleared by the middle of March.
"That's something internally, we're kind of excited about, the return of some of these really, really talented football players that we missed all year," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. "Dwayne Allen, specifically, the guy's a beast. Anyone who game plans against him or watches the tape, or Joe Fan that just sees him how he plays in the red zone, how he plays in traffic, how he blocks at the point of attack, the tempo he plays at and the ferocity he plays at, he's a guy you want on your team. He's doing very well and we look forward to him having a great year."