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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A homecoming at the right time for Doyle

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Claiming tight end Jack Doyle off waivers from Tennessee doesn't only mean a homecoming for the Indianapolis native. It means the Colts have concerns about the health of their top two tight ends, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

“With the situation with Dwayne and Coby, kind of on the mend, we felt like we had to go out and try to find another ‘Y’ stud tight end, in-line guy, big guy, a guy that can do a great job of being that in-line guy that’s on the ball, point of attack, blocking outside linebackers, defensive ends in 4-3, that type of thing,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s got ability and we all know what he did in his collegiate career. And it’s great to have a hometown guy back home. He gives us another added dimension, a big guy that can be kind of the hammer, if you will, in the run game and still give you some things in the pass game.”

Allen and Fleener both practiced Monday and are expected to play against the Oakland Raiders this weekend. But both players are also coming off injures. Allen missed the entire preseason with a foot injury. Fleener dealt with a concussion and sprained knee at different points of the preseason.

Doyle was on his way to the Titans facility Sunday to sign onto their practice squad when he found out the Colts had put a claim on him.

“I was kind of shocked but I was really excited,” Doyle said. “Like I said, very thankful for the opportunity and trying to make the most of it. ... Definitely good to be back here. It might take a little bit to sink. I’m going to bust my butt and I’m really excited.”