Patriots Notebook: TE Dwayne Allen reportedly dealing with injury; CB Dawson activated

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According to a Tuesday morning report from Mike Giardi of NFL Media, Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen is dealing with a knee injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

It appeared Allen suffered the injury with just over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter while blocking on a pass play for Josh Gordon that ended up going for 23 yards. He limped to the sidelines, and the look on his face and the fact he was holding his knee when he got to the bench was certainly an indication the veteran tight end was hurting.

[caption id="attachment_467118" align="alignnone" width="1165"] Screencap via CBS.[/caption]

With Gronkowski battling back and ankle issues and Jacob Hollister in and out of the linebacker because of various injuries he's had this season, Allen has been an important part of the rotation. Per Giardi, Allen "won't need surgery but is expected to miss a few weeks." Another example of the bye coming at just the right time for the Patriots.


According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots have officially activated second-round pick Duke Dawson off injured reserve and to the 53-man roster. The team has also released running back Kenjon Barner and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby. Dawson is a 5-foot-11, 198-pounder out of Florida who was taken with the 56th overall selection by New England this past spring.