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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Colts’ 21-17 victory over Oakland.

Allen says he’s fine: Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, decked out in a tailored suit, said he injured his right hip when he landed awkwardly on a pass across the middle that ended up getting tipped by Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett in the third quarter. Allen left the game and didn’t return. There was a lot of concern that Allen might have injured the same foot that caused him to miss the entire preseason. “I’ll be good to go; I’m not too worried,” said Allen, who scored a first-half touchdown.

A tired group: The Colts’ entire defensive unit talked about how tired it was from having to chase Raiders multidimensional quarterback Terrelle Pryor around the field all game. Pryor rushed for 112 yards and threw for 217 yards. “Use all your bullets, throw the gun, throw the belt holder, too,” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. “That’s what we did.”

Getting takeaways: The Colts' defense had only 18 interceptions last season. It emphasized improving in that area this season and got off to a good start Sunday. The Colts halted Oakland on its first drive when cornerback Greg Toler picked Pryor off in the end zone. And, of course, Antoine Bethea put an end to Pryor and the Raiders stealing the game from them when he intercepted the quarterback at Indianapolis’ 6-yard line with 31 seconds left in the game.