Colts’ Dwayne Allen: poke in the eye ‘cheap shot’
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 8, 2015) – It was a move that temporarily had tight end Dwayne Allen seeing stars and one that undoubtedly will result in Denver cornerback Aqib Talib receiving some level of discipline from the NFL.
We’ll call it a Three Stooges moment.
Allen called it a cheap shot.
With time winding down in the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 win over Denver Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Talib injected himself into a heated conversation involving Allen and linebacker Von Miller. As they were face mask-to-face mask, Talib approached and thrust his fingers into Allen’s left eye.
“It’s just unfortunate a great player like that would let his emotions get inside the game,’’ Allen said. “It was a cheap shot.
“It’s a very sad play, man. You’re taught since Little League football to play to the end of the whistle within the boundaries of the game. I just thought Aqib, who’s a heck of a player and a Pro Bowl player, went outside the boundaries of the game and decided to take a cheap shot.’’
Talib was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his finger poke. Four plays later, he was slapped with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jawing at an official. The latter came on Adam Vinatieri’s 23-yard field goal.
The Colts took the penalty, Vinatieri lost three points and one final kneel-down by Andrew Luck ended the game.
Denver coach Gary Kubiak said he talked with Talib about the incident.
“Obviously he has to keep his composure out there at the end of the game,’’ Kubiak said. “When the game gets chippy and both sides are talking, you have to handle your business.’’
Does he anticipate a fine or suspension for his starting cornerback?
“I don’t know,’’ Kubiak said. “I really don’t know what you’re talking about in the second one. I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know.’’
Medical update: The Colts might have paid a steep price for the victory.
Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams injured his left ankle in the second quarter after intercepting a Peyton Manning pass. Rookie defensive tackle Henry Anderson did not return after injuring his left knee in the third quarter.
Coach Chuck Pagano described Anderson’s injury as “pretty significant.’’ An MRI on Anderson’s knee and Adams’ ankle will determine the severity of each.
This and that: Quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 252 yards with no interceptions and touchdowns to tight end Jack Doyle (3 yards) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (8 yards). . . . T.Y. Hilton had five catches for 82 yards while Griff Whalen added five catches for 73 yards. . . . Running back Frank Gore finished with 83 yards on a season-high 28 attempts. . . . End Kendall Langford led the defense with six tackles and one sack. . . . Placekicker Adam Vinatieri’s 55-yard field goal was his longest as a member of the Colts, tied the second-longest of his career and tied for third-longest in club history.