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Dwayne Allen ready for bigger role if Rob Gronkowski misses game vs. Colts

Ryan Hannable
October 03, 2018 - 9:17 am

FOXBORO -- After leaving Sunday's win over the Dolphins with an ankle injury and not practicing this week, it would appear Rob Gronkowski's status for Thursday's game against the Colts is up in the air.

If he does need to miss the game, Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen is ready for a larger role if called upon. The Patriots' other tight end -- Jacob Hollister -- has only been active for one game this year due to a number of injuries.

“[I approach it] the same as any other week,” he said. “We have a lot of information that I have to go through that I’ll go through. I have my routine, and having a routine is the best thing for anyone in this building, because you stay ready. You have your routine, and in case anything changes, you’re in that routine, and everything’s the same for you.” 

Allen added: “I always prepare like a starter. You never know in this league and on this team. Our individual assignments change from week to week, and this past week, I was able to go out there and play a little bit more and was happy for it.” 

Over the first three games, Allen played less than 30 percent of the snaps, but was on the field for 56 percent of the snaps last Sunday (likely due to Gronkowski leaving the game). He also recorded his first catch since Week 16 of last season, including the playoffs.

Thursday's game also could have special meaning for Allen, going up against his former team -- the team that traded him away -- in the Colts. The tight end downplayed having any extra incentive going in.

“Man, it’s the next game,” he said. “I personally don’t look at it in any other way than it’s the next game. And it’s the next game on a short week, so (we need) a lot of mental preparation and getting the body ready to go out there and execute."

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