There has been talk around the NFL that Indianapolis Colts
tight end Coby Fleener is a candidate to take a big step forward this season.
However, the second-year pro’s step could be hampered by a concussion that
sidelined him at practice yesterday, according to Pro Football Talk.
At this point, Fleener is going through the NFL’s concussion
protocol. He’ll have to pass before he’s cleared to return, and as we’ve seen
in the past this could take a varying amount of time to happen.
The Colts selected Fleener in the second round of the 2012
NFL Draft, pairing him with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in Indy.
Big things were expected of him, even though he was in his first year in the
league, but he only played in 10 games as a rookie. Fleener caught 26 passes
for 281 yards, but there is hope that he’ll take a big step forward in 2013.
With Fleener out for an undetermined amount of time and
Dwayne Allen set to miss a few weeks due to a foot injury, the Colts find
themselves without their top two tight ends. It wouldn’t be surprising to see
both players return prior to the start of the regular season, but Fleener’s
concussion is at least a little concerning.
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