ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Football defensive tackle Jonathan Allen went down hard during Sunday's practice. He rolled on the ground in visible pain and was eventually helped to the sideline by medical staff. The trainers tended to Allen's left knee and he sat out the rest of practice.
Following the session, head coach Ron Rivera addressed the injury in his press conference, stating that it wasn't much of a concern. Rivera noted that Allen wanted to continue on later in practice.
“He got rolled up on, but it doesn’t look serious. He wanted to go back out there. I don’t know if he did or not, but I know he was trying to get back out there and we were trying to hold him back," Rivera said. "I’ve got to go see [Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Vermillion] and see what the rest of it is. But like I said, he wanted to go back out there.”
The Washington Football Team went through a highly competitive practice on Sunday afternoon with signigicant live contact. Rivera explained that the team needed to simulate real football and allow the coaches a better opportunity to determine what players will make the final 53-man roster. Cut down day looms in less than a week, and the coaches will need to trim 27 players from the current training camp roster.
Allen's place on the team was a lock, but still, all of the players need to get in real football shape before the Week 1 opener against the Eagles on September 13th.
A first-round pick in 2017, Allen has 15 sacks in three seasons for Washington and is a key piece of their defensive line. He was a team captain last season.