Jack Doyle Faces Busy Offseason Rehabbing Injuries

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Jack Doyle Faces Busy Offseason Rehabbing Injuries

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Jack Doyle Faces Busy Offseason Rehabbing Injuries

Colts tight end Jack Doyle is dealing with a couple of significant injuries as he enters a contract year in 2019.

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INDIANAPOLIS – It will be an offseason unlike anything Jack Doyle has ever gone through in his NFL career.

 

From 2013-17, Doyle missed 1 game due to injury.

 

His clean bill of health and ability to suit up every week was a very attractive part of him inking a 3-year contract with Chris Ballard and the Colts back in ’17.

 

But Doyle is now entering an offseason where he will be rehabbing a pair of significant injuries.

 

It was a Week Two hip injury that first sidelined Doyle for five weeks in September and October.

 

Then, in late November, a kidney injury ended Doyle’s season after just 6 total games on the field.

 

Not only will Doyle be resting that kidney injury early in 2019, possible surgery could be needed for the hip issue.

 

“It’s tough, I’ve been fairly healthy throughout my career,” Doyle says of the 2019 offseason filled with rehab now coming for him.

 

“Just a challenge and a test and I’ll take it as that.”

 

The hip injury first occurred in a Week Two win over the Redskins, when Doyle played the final two quarters with the injury.

 

He would miss the next 5 weeks before returning for 4 games, with the kidney injury occurring against Miami on Nov. 25.

 

The seriousness of the kidney injury forced Doyle to the hospital as soon as the game ended. And he stayed there for around 48 hours.

 

A brief thought about the injury being career-threatening occurred for Doyle, before doctors reassured him that he would make a full recovery.

 

The 2019 season is a contract year for Doyle, 28, who is held in very high regard by Frank Reich.

 

“He’s a really, really good football player,” Reich said about Doyle following the tight end going on injured reserve back in late November. “He can give you everything you want at the point of attack. Then in the passing game, you better not take him lightly because he has proven he can catch 80 balls on you and a bunch of touchdowns. Andrew (Luck) trusts him. He’s going to be where he’s supposed to be. He’s going to catch the ball and he’s going to make big plays. That’s what he does. Then he can line up and block for you.

 

“He’s a great player.”

 

Having Doyle return healthy in 2019 would allow for Reich to comfortably use more of the multi tight end personnel groupings, throughout the entire season, which was expected when the signing of Eric Ebron occurred.

 

“I look forward to finally being able to play with (Doyle),” Ebron says of his locker mate, “and hopefully we can do what I thought our offense was going to be when Jack comes back.”

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