Allen (knee) worked on the side at practice Thursday, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Allen wasn't expected to participate in the team's minicamp. It's still unclear how serious the injury is, but the rookie's upgrade in status from a week ago bodes well. It's also entirely possible that the Jaguars are being cautious with their first-round pick, but more information as to Allen's injury should surface closer to training camp in late July.
Allen (knee) is not likely to participate in the team's minicamp, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Allen was first reported to have a bruised knee a few weeks ago and it remains unclear if the issue could be a long-term concern or if the Jaguars are merely being cautious with their first-round pick. If Allen ultimately is held out of minicamp he'll have several weeks to recover before training camp begins.
Head coach Doug Marrone said Allen is nursing a bruised knee and won't practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
While the severity of Allen's situation isn't entirely clear, it's a good sign that the No. 7 overall pick in the draft isn't immediately being shut down for either a short- or long-term period of time. In fact, it's possible his absence from Thursday's practice is entirely precautionary. We'll know more as the final two-plus weeks of OTAs unfold in the coming month.
The Jaguars selected Allen in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, seventh overall.
Allen could have been a second-round selection had he left Kentucky after his junior season. Instead, he returned to Lexington and turned himself into a top-10 pick by winning the Bronko Nagurski Award as a senior, racking up 17.0 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss along with forcing five fumbles along the way. Powerful with long arms, Allen is a force off the edge as a stand-up outside linebacker with the size (6-foot-4 7/8, 262 pounds) to set the edge and hold up against the run. He'll have to adjust to the Jaguars' 4-3 scheme after playing in a 3-4 at Kentucky, but Allen has all the tools necessary to be an impact starter from Day 1.