California junior wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a PCL injury in his left knee and has been ruled out of Friday's contest against Washington. He hurt the knee late in the fourth quarter last week in the loss to Utah. Golden Bears' head coach Jeff Tedford announced Allen could be out for a few weeks.
“Keenan won't play against Washington,” Tedford said. “We'll continue to evaluate him on weekly basis.”
Considered a minor injury, Allen will be in the conversation to be the first wide receiver drafted in April if he declares early and decides to go pro. Since the summer, Allen has been NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 rated wide receiver for the 2013 NFL Draft, frequently appearing in the top-10 of mock drafts.
The Golden Bears need to win their final three games to be bowl-eligible, but that will become even more difficult without their best offensive player. Allen leads the team with 61 catches for 737 yards and six scores, averaging 12.1 yards per reception. Although he has struggled to match his gaudy statistics from last season (98 catches, 1343 receiving yards), Allen ranks top-10 in the conference in almost every receiving category.
Allen is an attractive NFL prospect because of his combination of size, speed and reliable hands. The news of Allen being held out of Friday's home match-up against the Huskies is unfortunate because it would have been an excellent test to see the talented junior lined up across from cornerback Desmond Trufant, one of the Pac 12's best defensive backs.