Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Oregon junior wide receiver Devon Allen will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after he suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee during the Ducks' 35-32 loss at Nebraska, according to a source. 

"Barring a miracle he won't play again this season," said the source. 

Ducks Territory first reported the story. 

Running back Royce Freeman, who left Saturday's game with a leg injury, is expected to return this season but could sit out Saturday's game against Colorado at Autzen Stadium. However, junior left tackle Tyrell Crosby will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury

Allen's injury is believed to be a torn ACL, according to the source, but that is unconfirmed. Allen injured his knee during a punt coverage play in the fourth quarter. Allen injured his right knee during the 2015 Rose bowl. 

This recent injury could spell the end of Allen's football career, at least at Oregon. Although he has one year of eligibility remaining, Allen is a world-class hurdler who placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles during the Rio Summer Olympics last month.

Many speculated that Allen would not return to the football team this season in order to pursue a full-time track & field career. But his love for the game brought him back to the team despite having already suffered a devastating injury on the field.  

 

Allen tore the ACL in his right knee returning the opening kick off against Florida State in the 2015 Rose Bowl. He returned to action in 2015 but had just nine receptions for 94 yards as he struggled to regain full confidence in his knee and the ability to move well laterally. 

Allen appeared to finally return to his old self when he caught four passes for 141 yards and scored on a 77-yard touchdown during a 46-28 win over Virginia on Sept. 10.  It was his best game since going for 142 yards and an 80-yard score at Washington State on Sept. 20, 2014.

Allen did not have a reception against Nebraska on Saturday or during the 2016 opener against UC Davis.