The New England Patriots have relied heavily on blocking tight end Dwayne Allen this year due to a series of injuries to fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Jacob Hollister. Allen left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans with a knee injury and NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reports that Allen “won’t need surgery, but is expected to miss a few weeks.”
The Patriots are entering their bye week, so hopefully any time lost by Allen will be minimal. New England also faces the New York Jets after the bye, so Allen might be able to rest and return for the subsequent match-up against the Minnesota Vikings.
New England could also consider adding another tight end to the roster, especially as they monitor Gronkowski’s workload in practice. The Patriots have Stephen Anderson on the practice squad, but he has a similar frame to Hollister and is primarily a receiver.
We could also see the Patriots use a third offensive tackle on the end of the line instead of adding a tight end because Allen wasn’t really utilized as a receiver in the first place.
We wish Allen a speedy recovery.