Allen tweeted a retirement announcement Thursday morning.
Even with his obvious decline the past two seasons, the 33-year-old Allen finishes his career tied with Julius Peppers for ninth place on the all-time sacks list at 136.0, which should at least give him a fringe case for the Hall of Fame. As a bonus, Allen may have topped Marshawn Lynch for 2016's most entertaining retirement announcement.
Allen (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.
One of the Panthers' inactives in the NFC championship game, Allen will return to a starting gig, which equated to 63 percent of the defensive snaps in 12 regular season appearances upon arriving in Carolina after Week 3. However, he put up just two sacks over the course of the year.
Allen (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Allen has endured an interesting past few weeks, which included a DNP in the NFC championship game, no presence on last week's injury report, and a reappearance this week with a limited showing Wednesday. However, he practiced in a full capacity both Thursday and Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera even expects Allen to start Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer. In 13 games with the Panthers this season (including playoffs), Allen accumulated two sacks among 27 tackles.
Allen (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Allen sidestepped the first injury report in advance of the Super Bowl, yet he landed on this week's version due to his healing foot, which forced a limited showing Wednesday. However, his return in a full capacity Thursday implies that he's in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he suits up, he'll be seeking his second career sack of Peyton Manning.
Allen (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
After missing the NFC championship game due to a fractured foot, Allen avoided the injury report last week, only to make a return on the first version this week. The development follows a media session at Monday's Opening Night in which he told NFL Network that he feels "great. Honestly, I feel, hopefully, I'll be a tremendous factor in this game. So, as far as physically, 100 percent ready to go, just preparing like normal." With a limited showing under his belt, he may just be easing into Super Bowl week prep, but the pass rusher's availability will be worth watching in advance of the contest.
Allen wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Chrlotte Observer reports.
After sustaining a fractured foot in the divisional round against the Seahawks, Allen was shelved in the NFC championship game in order to avoid a setback. Avoiding the initial Super Bowl injury report entirely sheds light on the extent of the injury and paves the way for active status in the big game. In 12 regular season outings with the Panthers, he totaled two sacks among 27 tackles (15 solo).
Allen (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC championship game against Arizona.
As a result, Kony Ealy will draw a start at DE for the Panthers on Sunday in place of Allen, with rookie Ryan Delaire also slated to be active for the contest. Meanwhile, coach Ron Rivera relayed Friday that Allen -- who logged 32 tackles and two sacks in 12 games this past season -- would have a chance to play in the Super Bowl, in the event that the Panthers are able to get past the Cardinals this Sunday.
Allen (foot) was limited in practice on Thursday.
Head coach Ron Rivera said that Allen has a shot of being listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship matchup with the Cardinals. If Allen can't go, Rivera confirmed that Kony Ealy would take over the starting role at defensive end, with Ryan Delaire serving as backup. An official decision should come sometime on Friday after the Panthers finish their practice.
Allen has been diagnosed with a fractured foot and will be listed as doubtful for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Cardinals, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Allen sustained the injury during Sunday's divisional round victory versus the Seahawks, and subsequent examinations confirmed its extent. While the Panthers will take the healing process day by day, head coach Ron Rivera is unsure whether or not Allen will require surgery. However, Wes Horton is the prime candidate to be promoted from the practice squad, if Allen is unable to recover in time for Sunday's contest.
Allen suffered a fractured foot during Sunday's playoff win over the Seahawks, ESPN.com reports.
Allen's injury was initially diagnosed during Sunday's game, but he's reportedly scheduled for a more thorough doctor's evaluation Monday morning. At that point, a more definitive diagnosis could surface, which would clarify if he'll be available in any capacity going forward in the playoffs. Regardless of whether Allen is ultimately ruled out, expect Kony Ealy and Mario Addison to see more snaps opposite Charles Johnson at defensive end.
The Bears have traded Jared Allen to the Panthers in exchange for an undisclosed late-round draft pick, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Allen, who has recorded five tackles and a sack in three games for the Bears to date, will bolster Carolina's pass rush in the wake of news that Charles Johnson is expected to miss multiple weeks.
Bears linebacker Jared Allen notched one tackle and an interception in Sunday's 48-23 win over the Cardinals. Making just his second career start as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Allen adapted well to his new position for at least one play in Sunday's game, as he deflected a Carson Palmer pass up in the air and reeled it in for the turnover.
However, the Bears are counting on Allen to make more of an impact as a pass rusher than in coverage, and he's failed to do that thus far. Though he was credited with two quarterback hits, Allen remains without a sack on the season, along with the rest of the Bears roster. The defense can't succeed unless Allen and fellow high-priced outside linebackers Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston start generating pressure with more frequency.
Jared Allen is in a difficult position as a 33-year-old trying to learn a new position from scratch.
The Bears' 12-year veteran, who was a defensive end for his entire career, is taking the transition to outside linebacker in stride and is working to become a threat from a new spot on the field, per NFL.com.
"I didn't know anything about it (playing OLB)," Allen said. "I played in a Tampa 2 defense my entire career, so there is a part of me that absolutely loves putting my hand in the dirt and that individual matchup with the left tackle in run or pass, or with the tight end. But this as a football player is fun, it really is -- the different styles of matchups you get and some of the one-on-one rushes it creates are really fun. Ultimately, it's kind of the same stuff, but later in my career it's easier on my body because I'm not technically banging every single day."
The change of position could be a blessing in disguise for Allen, who recorded a career-low 5.5 sacks last season.
"My body feels fresher because I'm not banging every single day and putting my hands on a 300-plus pounder and banging heads and that kind of stuff.
"I'm having fun with it. I know it's just OTAs, but being out there and seeing the one-on-one matchups that I've been able to create and the rush angles I've been able to create, so it's kind of broadening my perspective on football. For me, it's been a blast and I'm just excited to keep going."
Bears defensive end Jared Allen is learning a new position at age 33.
With the Bears switching to a 3-4 defense, Allen will spend much of his time at outside linebacker.
"He did well in the minicamp we had here, and I think he was excited about it," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said, per ESPN. "Like I told him, I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position. But in the NFL today, you play more nickel than you actually play base. For some teams they play nickel 65 to 75 percent of the time. He’ll be playing his normal position then. So it’s not as drastic of a change as you might think."
Bears defensive end Jared Allen still thinks he can get the job done next season. Allen claims he was slowed last season while dealing with a nagging back issue, which was diagnosed as a herniated disc, reports the Chicago Tribune.
"I just don't know how to miss games," Allen says. "It killed me that I had to miss one."
Allen totaled 55 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks in 15 games last season.
Bears defensive end Jared Allen met with coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace at last week's NFL Owners' Meetings to tell them he's not on the decline.
"I was less anxious and so much more eager to talk to them," Allen said, per NFL.com. "Just to say, 'Hey guys. I know the film from last year only shows 5.5 sacks. But don't believe that's all I have left. I'm good still. Really."
Allen also said he was willing to play a stand-up pass rushing spot instead of the hand-in-the-dirt stance he's used most of his career. "It requires you to refocus and rekindle your energy," he said. "You can't get stuck in your same old patterns."
Even though the Bears are moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme, defensive end Jared Allen is excited about the new outlook coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio are bringing to the Windy City.
"You look at what coach Fox has done over the history of his career," Allen said, per ESPN. "I think we'll be very disciplined. We'll be very cohesive. With Fangio coming in, you've got a big 3-4 background. Fox ran a 4-3 his whole life. So I think we're very versatile in how we can use our players. I'm excited to see what the plan going forward is."
Allen has been reluctant in the past to move from a defensive end in a 4-3 front to outside linebacker in a 3-4. In 2012, when he was with the Vikings, he was quoted as saying, "I want to end my career as a defensive end. And I'm not playing a 2-gap, let me just throw that out the window now."
It seems as though the 33-year-old Allen no longer feels that way.
"One thing we do is we work. I'll be honest, I don't think we had a bad practice all year," Allen said. "Now it didn't always equate to wins and victories. We came up short. I think he's going to inherit guys that are eager, that want to win. That's one thing that was very prevalent in our locker room: guys wanting to win. I think coach Fox is going to give us that direction and give us that attitude, that sense of focus, purpose and discipline to get to where we want need to get."
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.
Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.
Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.
AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams
AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals
Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs
Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch
Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School
In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
Bears safety Chris Conte will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings with a back injury. Conte was unable to practice all week. He played 12 games this season, recording 43 tackles and three interceptions. Also out are quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) and kicker Robbie Gould (quad).
Defensive end Jared Allen (ribs), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, and cornerback Al Lewis-Jean (hamstring) are all listed a questionable for Sunday.
David Bass (knee), Ego Ferguson (ankle), Kyle Long (hip) and Marquess Wilson (knee) are all listed as probable.
The Bears are 6-point underdogs for Sunday's game.
Bears defensive end Jared Allen has recovered from an illness and been given the thumbs-up for the Week 5 battle against the host Panthers. He had been designated as probable.