IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago1 Comment

Allen (knee) has been placed on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Allen missed the final eight games of last season due to a lacerated kidney, so his torn ACL suffered during Week 1 Sunday unfortunately add another serious malady to his injury history. While the Chargers will be devastated to lose Allen once again, they're also accustomed to playing without him recently. Knowing that, expect players like Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman should become more involved as receivers, while Travis Benjamin, Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates embody San Diego's most proven targets at the moment.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

The Chargers believe that Allen suffered a torn right ACL on Sunday against the Chiefs, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Allen has an MRI slated for Monday, but if his injury is a season-ender, the Chargers' passing attack going forward would likely feature added looks for key cogs in the offense such as fellow wideout Travis Benjamin, RB Danny Woodhead and TE Antonio Gates.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune relays that the "early fear" is that Allen may have suffered an ACL tear Sunday against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

If so, Travis Benjamin would likely see added looks in the Chargers offense going forward, with the likes of Dontrelle Inman, Tyrell Williams and possibly a player not yet on the team's roster also in for added snaps.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

Allen is being evaluated for a possible right knee injury, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

More on Allen's status as we know it, but if he is forced to miss time, Travis Benjamin would be counted on to step up, with Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams also candidates to see added work in the Chargers' offense.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

Allen was a full participant in Friday's practice and will play in Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Allen received a veteran's day off Thursday, but returned for a full practice session Friday before the Chargers traveled to Kansas City. After missing the final eight games of last season due to a kidney laceration, expect Allen to assume his usual role as San Diego's top wideout in Sunday's AFC West showdown.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

Allen was held out of part of Thursday's practice for rest purposes, Ricky Henne of Chargers.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Allen is San Diego's No. 1 receiver and it appears they gave him some time off simply to ensure he was at full healthy for Sunday's Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs. It's unclear if he'll be rested more this week or return to practice in full.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
3 months ago

Allen caught just one pass for six yards in the Chargers preseason loss to the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Despite recording just one catch, Allen was targeted four times throughout the first half, as the Chargers' first-string offense played well into the second quarter. One such target ended in disaster, during the first quarter, as an uncharacteristic drop by Allen caromed into the waiting arms of safety Harrison Smith, who returned the ball to midfield. Despite recording just four catches this preseason, Allen has impressed coaches during training camp with his elusiveness and route running ability and appears to be heading into the regular season in peak physical condition.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
4 months ago

Allen caught two passes for 41 yards in the Chargers preseason win over the Cardinals on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

While starting QB Philip Rivers (rest) sat out Friday, Allen continued his preseason success, this time with second-string QB Kellen Clemens, who teamed up for a 28-yard completion, the longest by either team. The 24-year-old will likely see an increased workload next Sunday against the Vikings, as the Chargers gear up for the regular season.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
4 months ago

Allen put together a pair of impressive joint practices against the Cardinals secondary, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Allen, who is returning from a kidney laceration that limited him to just eight games last season, has been a consistent force throughout training camp, routinely winning battles in 1-on-1 drills. While it's unclear how much the Chargers will deploy their third-year receiver in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals, Allen's time on the field should ratchet up as the regular season draws closer.

IRKeenan Allen
WR SD (11)
4 months ago

Allen caught his lone target for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason opening loss to the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Allen has regressed every season from a yardage perspective, but injuries were the culprit in what was turning out to be an excellent 2015 campaign. The 24-year-old established a new NFL record with 62 catches in seven games, but was lost for the season to a lacerated kidney in his eighth appearance. His rapport with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers should allow Allen to reverse this troubling early-career trend, health permitting.