Allen tweeted a retirement announcement Thursday morning. Even with his obvious decline the past two seasons, the 33-year-old Allen finishes his career tied with Julius Peppers for ninth place on the all-time sacks list at 136.0, which should at least give him a fringe case for the Hall of Fame. As a bonus, Allen may have topped Marshawn Lynch for 2016's most entertaining retirement announcement.
Allen (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos. One of the Panthers' inactives in the NFC championship game, Allen will return to a starting gig, which equated to 63 percent of the defensive snaps in 12 regular season appearances upon arriving in Carolina after Week 3. However, he put up just two sacks over the course of the year.
Allen (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Allen has endured an interesting past few weeks, which included a DNP in the NFC championship game, no presence on last week's injury report, and a reappearance this week with a limited showing Wednesday. However, he practiced in a full capacity both Thursday and Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera even expects Allen to start Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer. In 13 games with the Panthers this season (including playoffs), Allen accumulated two sacks among 27 tackles.
Allen (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Allen sidestepped the first injury report in advance of the Super Bowl, yet he landed on this week's version due to his healing foot, which forced a limited showing Wednesday. However, his return in a full capacity Thursday implies that he's in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he suits up, he'll be seeking his second career sack of Peyton Manning.
Allen (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports. After missing the NFC championship game due to a fractured foot, Allen avoided the injury report last week, only to make a return on the first version this week. The development follows a media session at Monday's Opening Night in which he told NFL Network that he feels "great. Honestly, I feel, hopefully, I'll be a tremendous factor in this game. So, as far as physically, 100 percent ready to go, just preparing like normal." With a limited showing under his belt, he may just be easing into Super Bowl week prep, but the pass rusher's availability will be worth watching in advance of the contest.