Colts TE Allen to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen needs hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

“For the long term, for the big picture, it’s best for right now,” Pagano said of the injury.

The Colts have lost three starters in the span of a week. Offensive lineman Donald Thomas was placed on injured reserve following Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Last week, the Colts lost another weapon on offense when the team revealed second-year running back Vick Ballard would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“It’s tough,” Pagano said. “You have no choice. It’s part of the game. Some years are like that.”

Allen, in his second year after being drafted out of Clemson, was expected to be a major contributor for the offense. He was slowed by injuries in the preseason, but played in the team’s season opener against Oakland and caught a touchdown pass. He suffered the injury in that game and didn’t play against the Dolphins.

The Colts travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Sunday.