Dwayne Allen will miss the rest of the year after hip surgery. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will need season-ending hip surgery, coach Chuck Pagano announced Wednesday.
Allen started 14 games last year as a rookie and caught 45 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. His second season ends with only one catch - a 20-yard touchdown.
In his place, fellow second-year tight end Coby Fleener will become the team's starter. Fleener was a second-round pick and was expected to excel with college teammate Andrew Luck. But Fleener's blocking was at times undependable and he fell to the team's second choice at tight end.
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With Allen out last weekend, Fleener had one of the best games of his career. He caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. The Colts, who lost running back Vick Ballard
to a season-ending ACL tear, will need more consistency from their remaining weapons on offense, including Fleener.