While Dwayne Allen deals with the physical pain of not being able to play football, it’s the mental agony of watching his team each week that eats at the second-year tight end.
“There’s really nothing I can do but I feel like I’m letting my teammates down in certain situations,” Allen said on “The Ride with JMV” last week.
“Whether it’s a spark to help out the run game or it’s a third-down catch that I can provide. It’s been a struggle all year. I was ready to have not only a breakout season, but a Pro Bowl season and I felt like I was totally capable of doing that.”
The usage of the tight end position in Pep Hamilton’s offense was intriguing to Allen all offseason.
Allen was anxious to be employed in a variety of ways and he admits the offense he sees in the regular season doesn’t compare to that during OTAs and training camp.
“This offense is a fraction of what it was in the spring and that’s just because of personnel,” Allen said.
“Pep Hamilton has done a great job of earning his paycheck because here’s a first-year offensive coordinator and five of his offensive starters go down.”
While Allen is away from the playing field, he’s seen almost daily at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
Along with rehabbing and taking part in team meetings, Allen has also taken a position as a player executive with the non-profit Dream Alive Inc.
Former Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn spearheads the organization which helps service inner-city youth.
When game time arises each week, Allen is filled with mixed emotions but he could not be happier in seeing the effort from a group that 6-3 despite missing five of their top offensive players.
“That’s the way we were built,” Allen says of the “Next-man Up” culture.
“You go back to last year, our head coach goes down. Coach Pagano goes down, Bruce Arians is promoted to interim head coach and he’s able to lead us to a 9-3 record and also to the playoffs. That’s our culture. It’s ingrained in us.”
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