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Allen contributed two tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Though it took him five games to do it, Allen finally has his first sack as a member of the Bears. With Allen now over two weeks removed from the bout with pneumonia that resulted in him losing significant weight, expect him to be a more active force on the pass rush in the weeks to come.

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After missing the previous week due to a bout with pneumonia, Allen returned to action Sunday against the Panthers, amassing a team-leading seven tackles and defensing one pass in the defeat.

It's something of a surprise that Allen was not only active Sunday, but also an effective contributor after losing considerable weight due to the illness. Though Allen has produced seven tackles in each of the last two games he's played, his donut in the sack column is not what his owners in IDP leagues signed up for. He's shown flashes of his familiar pass-rushing skills the last couple of weeks, but until his disruption translates into sacks, it will be difficult to wring much fantasy utility from Allen.

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Allen (illness) is active for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Allen, who has been very sick, will play and will be looking to notch his first sack of the year.

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Allen (illness) is probable for Sunday's game against Carolina, ESPN's Michael C. Wright reports.

Despite losing a significant amount of weight a week ago due to pneumonia, Allen is evidently locked into the lineup for Sunday. He's probably not an advised starting IDP consideration until he shows he's back in football shape, though.

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Allen (illness) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Bears' official site reports.

After a bout with pneumonia, which brought to a close a run of 113 consecutive starts, Allen's presence at practice is encouraging, no matter his activity level. He must build up his strength in the coming days and weeks, though, which could hinder his ability to return Sunday at Carolina. As a result, IDP owners should keep a close eye on the pass rusher as the weekend approaches.

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Allen (illness) was able to get in a workout Monday, ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson reports.

After seeing his streak of 113 consecutive starts come to an end in Sunday's loss to the Packers, Allen looks to be on the road to recovery following a nasty bout with pneumonia. Allen will still have to regain a considerable amount of weight after the illness severely weakened him, putting his status in limbo for Week 5.

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Allen's illness is actually pneumonia, Fox's Jay Glazer reports.

Allen has lost a considerable amount of weight this week as a result of the illness.

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Allen (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports.

Allen was held out of practice all week while he dealt with the flu, and he apparent wasn't able to recuperate quickly enough for the team to feel comfortable using him Sunday. With Allen missing his first game since the 2007 season, Willie Young will step in to make his first start of the season at defensive end. Though Allen gets top billing on the team's defensive line as a perennial Pro Bowler, Young has actually been the Bears' best pass rusher this season, amassing four sacks in the first three games.

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Allen (illness) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Chicago Tribune writer Rich Campbell reports.

It's not clear what he's dealing with, but Allen is evidently fairly sick since he hasn't practiced all week. Hopefully he's feeling fine by Sunday.

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Allen (illness) wouldn't have practiced Wednesday, if the Bears had held drills, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports.

Allen has yet to notch his first sack as a Bear but still put together his most disruptive outing in his new clime, recording seven tackles (three solo) in Monday's win against the Jets. Meanwhile, his bout with illness could hold him out of commission as the week goes on, but his availability for Sunday's matchup with the Packers and frequent foe Aaron Rodgers could be confirmed by the final injury report of the week.