The Falcons placed Allen (Achilles) on injured reserve Tuesday. He'll require surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon and is expected to require a minimum of six months of recovery time, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Allen's injury is devastating to the Falcons defense, as he has been instrumental with helping the secondary make pre-snap adjustments since taking over as a starter in 2015. His absence leaves the Falcons without three key defensive playmakers, as fellow starting safety Keanu Neal (knee) and starting linebacker Deion Jones (foot) had already been moved to IR earlier in the campaign. Allen hopes to be ready for the start of OTAs in May, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Falcons withheld him from full-contact work until training camp. With Allen and Neal out of the mix, Jordan Richards and Damontae Kazee will step in as the team's starting safeties for the immediate future.
Allen was diagnosed with a torn Achilles after Sunday's loss to the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Falcons have now lost both starting safeties to season-ending injuries, with Allen set to join Keanu Neal (torn ACL) on injured reserve. Damontae Kazee and Jordan Richards are left as the replacement starters, and the team likely will need to bring in some outside help this week.
Allen suffered a leg injury during Atlanta's 43-37 loss to the Saints, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Allen was carted off the field and seemed unable to place pressure on his left leg. Expect an update on the severity of Allen's injury as Week 4 begins. If Allen were to miss any time, Jordan Richards would step in as Atlanta's starting strong safety.
Allen recorded five tackles and an interception during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Panthers.
Allen secured a vital interception midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's game to help put the game out of reach. After a pass deflected off of C.J. Anderson's hands, Allen made a leaping grab to get Atlanta the ball back with a two-possession lead midway through the fourth quarter. Though Drew Brees has yet to throw an interception for the Saints this season, Allen may get a shot at recording a pick for the second-straight week due to the pass-heavy nature of the Saints' attack. Brees has attempted at least 627 passes over nine of the past 11 years -- with an average of 13.3 interceptions per season during that span.
It looked early as though Allen would play free safety and Damontae Kazee would move into strong safety, but that was not the case in Week 1 and doesn't appear to be in the conversation moving forward. Defensive coordinator Marquan Manuel also said that he will play in the box, suggesting he could be in line for a boost in tackles this season.
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