Serving as the Panthers' starting quarterback in the Week 17 win over the Saints thanks to injuries to both Cam Newton (shoulder) and Taylor Heinicke (elbow), Allen never returned to the field after absorbing a hard hit from Saints edge rusher Marcus Davenport in the second half. However, it seems the undrafted rookie didn't sustain a long-term injury, an encouraging development for a player who showed promise during his limited action. His performances in Week 17 and briefly in relief of Heinicke in Week 16 might keep him in the picture to claim the No. 2 gig behind Newton in 2019.
Allen won't return to Sunday's game at New Orleans due to a shoulder injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Allen's final line Sunday reads 16-for-27 passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Allen took a massive hit from the Saints' Marcus Davenport midway through the fourth quarter and remained on the turf for some time. He subsequently had his right throwing shoulder examined on the sideline, according to Joe Person of The Athletic. With Allen and Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) going down in back-to-back games in place of Cam Newton (shoulder), Garrett Gilbert takes over the offense for the final minutes of the Panthers' season.
The Panthers have lost the only two quarterbacks on the Week 15 active roster over the last two games: Cam Newton to lingering discomfort in his right throwing shoulder and Taylor Heinicke to a left elbow injury. An undrafted rookie, Allen is the next man up. In a brief appearance in place of Heinicke this past Sunday against the Falcons, Allen completed all four passes for 38 yards. With the Saints' 28th-ranked pass defense on tap, he could be a decent one-week fill-in, despite a visit to the raucous confines of the Superdome.
Allen is expected to serve as the Panthers' starting quarterback Sunday against the Saints after Carolina placed Taylor Heinicke (elbow) on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
After being promoted from the practice squad ahead of the Panthers' Week 16 game against the Falcons, Allen made his NFL debut in the second quarter when Heinicke exited the contest with the elbow injury. Allen acquitted himself well by completing all four of his passes for 38 yards before Heinicke was cleared to return to action and finish out the 24-10 loss. The Panthers sent Heinicke for a follow-up exam Monday, with an MRI evidently determining that the signal-caller was dealing with an issue significant enough to keep him sidelined for the season finale. That opens the door for Allen to receive the starting assignment, as coach Ron Rivera acknowledged earlier in the week that the team doesn't intend to use Cam Newton (shoulder) in Week 17. Given that he lacked a track record at the NFL level until last week, Allen doesn't make for anything more than a punt-play option in DFS contests or as a No. 2 option in season-long leagues that start two quarterbacks.
Coach Ron Rivera noted that Allen will be the next man up to start the Panthers' Week 17 game against the Saints in the event Taylor Heinicke (elbow) is unavailable for the contest, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
After being called up from the practice squad Thursday when it was revealed that Cam Newton (shoulder) would be shut down for the season, Allen stepped in as the backup for Heinicke in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons. The undrafted rookie was pressed into action in the second quarter after Heinicke exited with the elbow injury and proceeded to complete all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards before Heinicke was eventually cleared to return. Though Heinicke finished out the contest, the signal-caller will be sent in for an MRI on Monday, which tentatively creates uncertainty about his Week 17 status. Rivera said he expected to know more about Heinicke's outlook Wednesday, but if Heinicke is forced to sit out this weekend, Allen would be in line for his first NFL start. Rivera dismissed the possibility of the Panthers activating Newton for the contest while the franchise quarterback continues to deal with a lingering shoulder injury.