Bad news became much worse on Wednesday when ESPN reported that rookie defensive tackle will miss the remainder of the Redskins season.
Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen will miss the rest of the season, a source said. Allen suffered a... https://t.co/gVJ57JpSxO— John Keim (@john_keim) October 18, 2017
Allen suffered a Lisfranc injury late in the Washington 26-24 win over San Francisco last Sunday and was spotted wearing a walking boot leaving the stadium.
Initial injury reports suggested Allen could miss up to a month. That prognosis seemed lucky for a Lisfranc issue, an injury of the foot that usually carries longer recovery periods.
Through five games, Allen was a force of the Redskins defensive front. His interior push had been a big part in career starts for fellow lineman Matt Ioannidis and outside linebacker Preston Smith.
With Allen out, the Redskins will need to rely more on veterans Stacy McGee, Terrell McClain and Ziggy Hood in addition to second-year Ioannidis. The injury also likely means Anthony Lanier will join the active roster, beginning as early as Monday night in Philadelphia.
Washington coach Jay Gruden will address the media on Thursday, and Allen will likely be the first topic discussed.
Drafted 17th overall, Allen had been a steal for the Redskins. Many considered the former Alabama star a top five talent, though he slipped due to arthritic shoulder concerns. The foot injury is unrelated.
The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.
"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."
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It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.
There were some good ones back in 2010, too.
"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."
Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.
"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.
"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."
Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.
"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.
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