Colts have four tight ends on the active roster

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts were going to fill the roster spot created when they traded linebacker Caesar Rayford to Dallas on Tuesday.

That’s not surprising.

The Colts did that by moving tight end Dominique Jones from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and signing tight end Justice Cunningham to the practice squad.

The Colts now have four tight ends on the active roster with Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Jack Doyle and Jones.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Allen and Fleener are expected to play against Oakland during his media session Monday. They may play, but adding a fourth tight end to the active roster has to make you wonder how healthy Allen (foot) and Fleener (knee) really are.

The Colts need Allen and Fleener healthy because they're key components to what should be a lethal offense this season.

The Colts claimed Doyle, an Indianapolis native, off waivers from Tennessee on Sunday. Titans coach Mike Munchak talked about Doyle to the Tennessee media.

“He’s a guy that you liked the way he developed,” Munchak said. “He was a guy undrafted. We liked what we saw, but to carry four tight ends is hard when you carry a fullback. You never know with that whether it’ll be over or not be over. That was a guy that worked well and earned a spot. I’m proud of him, happy for him. A guy that could be undrafted and make a 53, that’s pretty good.”

If Fleener or Allen isn’t healthy, Colts fans could see Doyle, an Indianapolis native, sooner than expected.