The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tight end Erik Swoope to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed tight end Dwayne Allen on the Injured Reserve list.
Swoope, 6-5, 243 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He also spent the 2014 season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Swoope originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team. Swoope started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes.
Allen, 6-3, 265 pounds, played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Colts this season and totaled 16 receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown. He has seen action in 43 career NFL games (42 starts) and tallied 91 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns. Allen was originally drafted by the Colts in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16. This marks the fourth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 7 in 2005, Week 13 in 2008, Week 16 in 2011).
In the Colts 18-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Mathis totaled five tackles (four solo) and 2.0 sacks. He recorded his first sack in the second quarter when he brought down Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard loss on third down and forced Miami to punt. Down 18-12 with 40 seconds left in the game, the Dolphins possessed the ball with first-and-goal from the Colts five-yard line. After three consecutive incompletions, Mathis sealed the victory for Indianapolis when he sacked Tannehill on fourth down to record his 29th career multiple-sack game, which extends a franchise record.
Mathis is the fourth Colts player to earn Player of the Week honors this season and the third defensive player. Safety Mike Adams (Week 5) and cornerback Darius Butler (Week 9) were each named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, while punter Pat McAfee (Week 3) earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Last month, kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
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