Allen (knee) worked on the side at practice Thursday, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Allen wasn't expected to participate in the team's minicamp. It's still unclear how serious the injury is, but the rookie's upgrade in status from a week ago bodes well. It's also entirely possible that the Jaguars are being cautious with their first-round pick, but more information as to Allen's injury should surface closer to training camp in late July.
Head coach Doug Marrone said Allen is nursing a bruised knee and won't practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. While the severity of Allen's situation isn't entirely clear, it's a good sign that the No. 7 overall pick in the draft isn't immediately being shut down for either a short- or long-term period of time. In fact, it's possible his absence from Thursday's practice is entirely precautionary. We'll know more as the final two-plus weeks of OTAs unfold in the coming month.
The Jaguars selected Allen in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, seventh overall. Allen could have been a second-round selection had he left Kentucky after his junior season. Instead, he returned to Lexington and turned himself into a top-10 pick by winning the Bronko Nagurski Award as a senior, racking up 17.0 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss along with forcing five fumbles along the way. Powerful with long arms, Allen is a force off the edge as a stand-up outside linebacker with the size (6-foot-4 7/8, 262 pounds) to set the edge and hold up against the run. He'll have to adjust to the Jaguars' 4-3 scheme after playing in a 3-4 at Kentucky, but Allen has all the tools necessary to be an impact starter from Day 1.
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