Allen (shoulder) started but saw limited snaps in Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.
Allen injured his shoulder earlier in camp but was recovered enough to see the field with the first-team defense Sunday. He only played in six snaps, likely as a precaution to ensure his health for the regular season.
Allen is nursing a shoulder injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen was spotted wearing a non-contact jersey during Monday's practice. The fact that he was out there on the field suggests the injury may not be of great severity, but it's still important to keep an eye on him.
Allen signed his exclusive-rights contract tender Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen has given the Falcons a presence at free safety they haven't had since Thomas DeCoud made the Pro Bowl in 2012, so his $615,000 salary charge is quite a bargain for the team. The third-year safety played the most defensive snaps on the Atlanta roster last season and, barring injury, that could very well be the case again in 2017.
Allen is performing well in OTAs, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "Ricardo is playing out of his mind, and he's not going to change that," new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. "I think you're going to see some big plays this year."
Allen has been solid in his first two campaigns, but he hasn't garnered much attention for his performance. Last season, he recorded 90 tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions in 16 regular-season contests. He also played more snaps than anyone on defense, including 98 of 99 snaps during the Super Bowl. While his stats are admirable, Allen's true strength lies in his ability to communicate with the rest of the secondary. The 25-year-old knows all the ins and outs of the playbook and erases the chance of big plays for the opponent's offense when he takes the field. If he keeps this level of play up, a breakout season could be in the works for 2017.
|3||9/24/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/17||@ TB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|