Dwayne Allen TE IND 15 Days

Allen (hip) played in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets.

Neither Allen nor Coby Fleener drew any targets, as Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton hogged Andrew Luck's attention. Allen is listed atop the team's initial depth chart at tight end, but he may have to compete with Fleener for snaps, at least to some extent. The Colts could also make frequent use of two-tight end sets, although that looks less attractive with a wideout trio of Nicks, Hilton and Reggie Wayne (knee). Allen is a better blocker than Fleener, and while the latter was expected to be a superior receiving threat, the former was better in that regard in 2012. Allen, of course, lost nearly all of 2013 to a hip injury, from which he seems to have made a full recovery.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 1 Month

Colts tight end coach Alfredo Roberts said getting Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) back "is like getting a brand new player."

Allen was pegged for a big role in OC Pep Hamilton's offense last year, but he injured his hip only 32 snaps into the season and was placed on injured reserve. Now healthy, Allen should once again be a big part of the Colts' plans. He is a solid TE2 with upside.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 3 Months

Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) is participating in this week's OTAs.

It's now been more than seven months since Allen underwent season-ending surgery. He said he had to "teach myself how to run again," but is now getting his timing back and feeling better. By the time camp comes around, Allen should truly be 100 percent. He'll be a solid TE2 with upside for more if special assistant Rob Chudzinski is able to exert influence over offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 4 Months

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) said he's been cleared to participate in everything.

Allen is running around at this week's offseason workouts, catching some passes with no restrictions. It confirms his proclamations from a month ago that his hip is back to "110 percent." Allen has the skill set to be an all-around beast and a major asset in the passing game -- especially if tight end-friendly special assistant Rob Chudzinski gains influence over OC Pep Hamilton.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 5 Months

GM Ryan Grigson referred to TE Dwayne Allen as "a beast."

The Colts are understandably high on Allen, who says he is "110 percent" as he comes off hip surgery. "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," Grigson said. With Rob Chudzinski now helping Pep Hamilton as a special assistant, Allen's stock is on the rise sharply. No one gets more out of tight ends than Chud.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 5 Months

Dwayne Allen (hip) said he's back to 100 percent.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 7 Months

Colts TE Dwayne Allen said his hip surgery ended up being more invasive than originally thought.

Allen was originally slapped with a 3-4 month timetable following his early-October procedure, but he said he's now looking at six months of rehab. He's hoping to get cleared in time for OTAs, but training camp might be more realistic. The Colts will ideally return with a two-tight end set as their base, featuring the beastly Allen in-line and Coby Fleener in the "move" spot. Allen's health is well worth tracking.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 10 Months

Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) will need 3-4 months of recovery time.

He'll be fully recovered for training camp next season. One of the best in-line tight ends in the league, Allen will be returning to a prominent role in 2014.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 11 Months

Colts placed TE Dwayne Allen on injured reserve with a hip injury, ending his season.

Allen will soon undergo surgery. Hip injuries can be tricky, but there's been no indication Allen won't be 100 percent for next summer's camp. One of the league's best young tight ends, Allen should be returning to a big role in 2014, and remains a "hold" in Dynasty leagues.

Dwayne Allen TE IND 11 Months

Colts TE Dwayne Allen needs season-ending hip surgery and is done for the season.