ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Thunderstorms in the Atlanta area put tight end Dwayne Allen in scramble mode to make it to practice in time Saturday. But the scramble -- and potential fine -- was worth it considering what occurred for him Friday. Allen became the first in his family to graduate from college when he received his degree in health science at Clemson. Allen cleared it with coach Chuck Pagano to attend the ceremony. The schedule worked out perfectly for Allen because the Colts were off Friday, so he took an early morning flight from the New York area where the team played Thursday night and flew down to Clemson. "No brainer when it came to that," Pagano said. "On an off day the day after the game, send him home, had the opportunity to walk with your classmates and do that in front of your family. Obviously we're very, very proud of him for going back and getting that degree." The problem for Allen came when it was time to head back to Indianapolis. He ended up taking a 10 a.m. flight Saturday from Atlanta to Indianapolis. He landed at about noon, immediately hopped and car and made the 65-mile drive to Anderson (Indiana) University to get to practice in time. "I was able to come out and have a good practice despite the obstacles," Allen said.
The offensive line isn't the only position dealing with injuries. Pagano said defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton tore his ACL and linebacker Daniel Adongo ruptured his bicep. Both players are having season-ending surgery. The Colts waived the two Friday and they'll go back on injured reserve if they go unclaimed. "Very, very unfortunate," Pagano said. "I feel awful like always. Injuries are part of the game, we feel terrible for those guys. They'll be sorely missed, but they'll rehab and get back."
Quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck and Chandler Harnish had extra company wearing the red no-contact jersey in practice. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was also wearing the jersey. The Colts are taking the cautious approach with Bradshaw because of his neck, which caused him to miss the final 13 games last season. Bradshaw did not play in the preseason opener. "Precautionary reasons," Pagano said. "Get him some burn, get him some plays. We don't want anybody hitting him."
To no surprise, Pagano had no comment for former Colts running back Chris Rainey's Twitter rant during Thursday's game. Rainey, who was released by the Colts two weeks ago, claims he didn't do anything to warrant being let go by the team. The Colts said they released Rainey, who had the inside track at the time to be the team's third running back, for violating team rules. "Water under the bridge," Pagano said.
The Colts will have a walk-through practice that's closed to the public from 9:30-10:50 a.m. and an afternoon practice that is open to the public from 1:50-4:25 p.m. Tuesday.