Duane Allen in engaged.
To say the least.
Sidelined by a foot injury for the past two weeks, the former Clemson star was 'hooting and hollering' from the sidelines during a recent team practice - to the point that Colts' tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts had to tell the former Tigersto 'settle down,' according to a Colts website.
“I’m going nuts man,” Allen said in a radio interview on Monday. “Watching the game, watching those guys go out there, play at a high level and put a great product on the field, on a national stage, was so exciting but just so hard to be at home and not on the field with them.”
Following the Colts' game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Chuck Pagano said that he expected Allen to be ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 8.
Since then, the Colts sought a second medical opinion on Allen's injury, just to make sure it was not more serious than first believed.
“It was nice to see the reaction out of the club that they took,” Allen said. “They took it as a very big deal. It’s always nice to see that you’re appreciated.”
Allen expects to be back at practice today, working his way back into the offensive mix. He's especially looking forward to blocking somebody.
“I’m hoping to practice soon, get some reps to really start meshing with the guys so that we can get the running game going because the passing game is pretty darn good,” Allen said. “We’ve got a lot of different backs that want a real opportunity to rush the ball and, not saying that I’m going to solve everything, but I believe I can help in the run game.”
Also back at practice this week is Oakland Raiders' wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who worked out Monday for the first time since the opening days of training camp, when he tweaked a hamstring injury.
Following is some of what Ford had to say in interviews after practice on Monday:
On his first day back: "It felt good to get back out there. Just kind of took my time this time coming back. I felt good, it didn’t grab or anything. It definitely was a positive day for me."
On his hamstring injury: "It was the same thing. I just kind of came back probably a little too quick. I just wasn’t ready. It just kind of tightened up on me again. They just kind of rested me a little bit, for precautions."
On whether he still has his burst and speed: "Definitely. It’s definitely back. Before it was kind of hard to accelerate and I was probably a little bit more timid. Now I am 100 percent just full go."
On being patient while the injury healed: "It didn't need a surgery. That was a good thing. It was definitely a little frustration thing. It just was just kind of nagging. It’s something I’m going to stay on top of at all times, just stay on top of my body."
On his impact as a kick returner: "It’s a role - you have to love and embrace it. It’s definitely something I love to do and it helps this team out. Anyway I can help the team out, be a playmaker, be a big play threat, any way to get the ball in my hands I’m excited about it."
On returning against the Bears on Friday: "If I play I’m going to pretty much do everything, just get a feel for the game again, just get back out there and get back into some contact."