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  • Associated Press Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has his ankle wrapped with ice during the first half against the Houston Texans on Sunday in Houston.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:01 pm

Colts add tight end as injuries are mounting

Associated Press

 INDIANAPOLIS – Another rash of injuries prompted the Indianapolis Colts to make a flurry of moves Tuesday, starting with the signing of tight end Chase Coffman.

Later in the day, Indianapolis promoted rookie receiver Tevaun Smith from the practice squad to the active roster, signed receiver Marcus Leak and cornerback Frankie Williams to the practice squad and placed receiver Quan Bray on injured reserve.

The Colts also put tight end Mike Miller on the practice squad injured reserve list and released safety Lee Hightower from the practice squad.

Coffman was signed two days after starting tight end Dwayne Allen left Sunday night’s game with an injured right ankle.

Coffman signed with the Colts just before the start of training camp in July and was released in the final round of cuts. Coffman played in 37 games with Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tennessee and Seattle.

Indianapolis finished Sunday night’s game with only two healthy receivers because Bray (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) didn’t finish the game. Leak, another undrafted rookie, also would be available to play against the Titans (3-3).

Colts-Texans ratings low

NBC’s Sunday Night Football game had its smallest audience in five years this week, evidence of the NFL’s new deflation issue.

The game between Indianapolis and Houston reached 13.6 million viewers, removing the weekly broadcast from its usual spot at or very close to the top of the Nielsen company ratings. CBS’ Thursday night game scored slightly higher.

5 medical time outs last season 

Independent medical observers stopped NFL games five times in 2015, the first season in which the "Medical Timeout" was employed as a method to identify players who had suffered major injuries or possible concussions. The NFL said an average of 29 health care providers attend games, many of whom can rule a player out due to a concussion.


Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with a left leg injury. ... Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, already on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, has undergone surgery on his hip. ... Browns safety Jordan Poyer has been placed on injured reserve after sustaining a lacerated kidney Sunday. ... A memorial has been set for Oct. 25 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a former NFL defensive lineman Dennis Byrd, who was killed in a car accident. Byrd starred at the University of Tulsa.