Colts Pro Bowl TE Jack Doyle hospitalized for kidney procedure, placed on IR

The Indianapolis Colts have placed tight end Jack Doyle on injured reserve with a kidney injury.

Doyle is believed to have suffered the injury on a hit Sunday in the Colts’ win over the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Frank Reich told reporters that Doyle spent the night in the hospital and required a procedure, but that his prognosis was good and that he was expected to be released soon.

“Can’t emphasize enough the prognosis is good,” Reich said. “Whatever degree it was, it’ll work itself over time.”

Big blow for Colts

But his season is over, delivering a blow to the surging Colts as they have their eyes on a playoff spot. The Colts have won five straight games to improve to 6-5, which would have them losing a tiebreaker to the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 6 seed in the playoffs if the season ended today.

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Indianapolis Colts' Jack Doyle (84) runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis. The Colts have made a qualifying offer to Doyle, who is a restricted free agent, giving them the right to match any offer he gets from another team. The move was generally expected because his role in the team's' offense had grown steadily since being claimed off waivers from Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith, File)
This is a 2016 photo of Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. This image reflects the Indianapolis Colts active roster as of Monday, July 11, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) celebrates a touchdown with tight end Jack Doyle (84) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) scores a touchdown in front of Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) celebrates a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) stretches for extra yardage after a catch against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) celebrates after catching a 7-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle celebrates after catching a 7-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Green Bay Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepts a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts' Jack Doyle (84) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, right, is stopped by Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye after catching a pass during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) tips a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle to prevent a two-point conversion following a Colts touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo, Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) closes in on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) during the second half of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The New York Jets announced the signing of Williamson on Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, left, scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Indianapolis Colts' Jack Doyle (84) scores on a six-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) is congratulated by wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (15) after scoring against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) is tackled by Tennessee Titans' Wesley Woodyard during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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A top target for Andrew Luck

Doyle has become a favorite target of quarterback Andrew Luck and earned a Pro Bowl berth last season. A hip injury and the emergence of Eric Ebron has limited his production this season, but he’s the top tight end option and a valuable part of the Colts offense as a pass catcher and a blocker when he’s on the field.

The Colts have performed significantly better when Doyle has played.

In six games this season, Doyle tallied 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Ebron will likely see more snaps in Doyle’s absence, and the Colts may have to look to a roster edition for tight end depth.

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