Bad news became much worse on Wednesday when ESPN reported that rookie defensive tackle Jonathan Allen 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 Washington's 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.
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Through five games, Allen was a force on 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.