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Patriots’ Allen questionable to return after hit

Ryan Allen was tackled by Andy Studebaker in the second quarter after a bad snap.

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Ryan Allen was tackled by Andy Studebaker in the second quarter after a bad snap.

Patriots punter Ryan Allen left for the locker room with a shoulder injury after he was tackled while recovering a botched snap in the second quarter of a playoff game vs. the Colts. The Patriots announced he is questionable to return.

With 2 minutes and 28 seconds remaining in the first half, Patriots long-snapper Danny Aiken launched the football over Allen’s head on fourth down from the Patriots 44.

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Allen ran down the ball and recovered it, but as he was swarmed by Colts defenders, he fumbled (perhaps deliberately), and the ball bounced through the end zone for a safety, cutting the Patriots lead to 21-12.

Place-kicker Stephen Gostkowski handled the punting duties in Allen’s place when the Patriots faced a fourth and 6 from their own 40 with 51 seconds left in the half.

Gostkowski boomed a 53-yard punt that Griff Whalen returned to the 16.

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