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Injury to punter Ryan Allen could put Patriots in a bind

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Scheduled to receive more medical attention Sunday, Ryan Allen’s availability for the AFC Championship game in Denver is unclear, perhaps leaving the Patriots in a punting bind days before the most important game of the season.

Allen was injured in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 43-22 win over Indianapolis, when a snap by Danny Aiken sailed over his head. Allen raced back, picked up the ball, and was flattened by a group of hard-charging Colts. The play resulted in a safety, and after Allen punted the ball back to the Colts minutes later, it was clear he was in pain. He left the game and did not return.

During the game, the Patriots announced Allen had a shoulder injury.

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