Allen (Achilles) wasn't seen participating in weight-lifting exercises Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in September and was able to resume speed and agility drills last month. The 27-year-old still participated in foot exercises Wednesday, but it remains unclear where he currently stands in his recovery.
Allen (Achilles) returned to the practice field Thursday for speed and agility drills, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen suffered a torn Achilles during Atlanta's Week 3 loss to New Orleans, forcing a premature conclusion to his fifth pro campaign, and spelling disaster for a Falcons' secondary that had already seen Keanu Neal (knee) go down for the year during the season opener. The 27-year-old Allen racked up 90 tackles and two interceptions during the magical Super Bowl run of 2016, but with him inactive for 13 games in 2018 the defense limped to a 27th-place finish against the pass. The front office has already jettisoned a couple of defensive backs from the 2018 cast -- including Robert Alford and Brian Poole -- but with the incipient return of Allen and Neal to the active lineup, plus a potential addition or two to the secondary via the draft, Atlanta remains optimistic that a vast improvement could be in store for this unit.
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.
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