Former Clemson star and John Mackey Award winner Dwayne Allen will miss his entire second NFL season after suffering a hip injury in last week's season opener.
Allen suffered the injury when he fell awkwardly during the Indianapolis Colts' opening victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Allen's injury was at first thought to be minor, and the team announced last Monday that he would return to practice on Wednesday. As the week progressed, Allen's condition was downgraded, and he sat out the team's Week 2 game.
The Colts announced on Wednesday that Allen will undergo surgery and will miss the rest of the 2013 season. The exact nature of the injury was not revealed.
“It just makes you sick,'' Colts' coach Scott Pagano told the Muncie Star Press. “We were all hoping that it would be something that with time and with rest he would come around.
“He's a tough, tough, tough kid. But once we got the thing evaluated and saw what the doctors saw in there and what needed to be done, for the long term, it's what needed to be done at this time.'
Allen started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie last season and caught 45 passes for 521 yards, while earning a reputation as a solid pass catcher and blocker.
He caught a touchdown pass in the season-opening win against Oakland.