Allen started Friday's preseason loss to the Broncos, picking up one tackle and a quarterback hit on 19 snaps.
Bouncing back from a foot injury that limited him to five games his rookie season, the 2017 first-round pick is locked in as a starter. His role in a 3-4 defense probably won't be conducive to IDP production, but Allen should help Washington put up more of a fight against the run this year.
Allen (foot) said Wednesday that he's been cleared 100 percent, Ajay Atayee of NBCS Washington reports.
Allen made it through just five games during his rookie year before landing on injured reserve with Lisfranc foot injury. Together with fellow Alabama product and 2018 first-rounder Da'Ron Payne, a now-healthy Allen will help Washington seek major improvement in it's run defense after surrendering a league-worst 134.1 rushing yards per game last season.
Allen (foot) hopes to be ready for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in late April, but he admitted he's not sure if that actually will happen, Stephen Czarda of the Redskins' official website reports.
Selected 17th overall in last year's draft, Allen had 10 tackles and a sack on 159 defensive snaps before suffering a Lisfranc injury Week 6. He underwent successful surgery in October and was said to be on track for a Week 15 return, but the Redskins ruled him out for the season once their playoff chances evaporated. Allen should be back at full strength long before training camp, ready to make a push for one of the starting defensive end spots in Washington's 3-4 scheme. If nothing else, he figures to have a key role as an interior pass rusher in nickel packages.
Allen (foot) will not return this season.
Coach Jay Gruden had originally said back in November that the plan was to bring Allen back before the end of the year, but the team is electing to take a cautious route with the 2017 first-round pick and hold him out for the remainder of the season. The former Alabama standout appeared in just five games for the Redskins during his rookie season, recording 10 total tackles and one sack.
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Allen (foot) is still on course to return off injured reserve in Week 15, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Allen was placed on injured reserve in mid-October after undergoing surgery for a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, but recovery appears to be going well for the rookie defensive end and he should be on the field for the final three games of the regular season. Expect another update on Allen to come once he officially return to the practice field.
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/8/18||@ NO||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/3/18||@ PHI||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|