The Facts: Indianapolis desperately missed Doyle's work ethic and consistency after hip and kidney injuries ended his 2018 season early. But the TE is on the mend. “It’s exciting to know that he is making a full recovery from his hip, from his kidney and we are going to have the Jack Doyle that we had at the start last year,” OC Nick Sirianni said.
Diehards Line: While Eric Ebron racked up career highs with 66 catches, 750 yards and 13 touchdown receptions in a tight-end friendly scheme, Doyle mostly watched from the sideline. The hip injury occurred in Week 2 at Washington when a defender fell onto his back in a pile after a tackle. He somehow finished that game but was forced out for the next five. He returned in Week 8 at Oakland with a big game — six catches for 70 yards and a score — but played in just three more before suffering a lacerated kidney against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 25. The hip injury has healed, but he's still recovering from the procedure to fix the kidney. Doyle estimates he lost 25 pounds during the process, and he’s making sure he regains the weight the right way. GM Chris Ballard mentioned training camp as a goal for the tight end’s return in February, but Doyle is not ready to lock in a specific target. “I really am trying to take it one day at a time, not rushing anything,” he said. ... We'll be watching for more in coming weeks.