The Redskins and defensive end Jonathan Allen took a first step getting the team’s No. 1 draft pick back on the field.
Allen, who went on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury on October 19, was working out on a separate rehab field while the team was practicing. He said it was his first work on the field since the injury, which happened in the Redskins’ Week 6 game against the 49ers.
“He’s right on schedule to return when he’s allowed to return,” said Jay Gruden. “Hopefully he can start practice when we get back [from playing in Dallas on Thursday].”
Per NFL rules, he can be activated for the Redskins’ Week 15 game against the Cardinals.
For his part, Allen isn’t really concerned with playing by any particular date.
“I’m very optimistic, but you never count your chickens before they’re hatched,” he said. “I’m just taking it slow, taking it day by day.”
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He said that he was just getting the feel for how the foot was doing today, going about one-quarter speed as he went through some rehab work.
If the Redskins manage to win their next two games they certainly will be anxious for Allen to return to help them in their final push for a possible playoff spot. But even if the playoffs are a distant hope by Week 15, they may want him to play to gain some valuable experience.
“First and foremost, we want to make sure he’s 100 percent,” said Gruden when asked if playoff contention status would be a factor in deciding whether to activate Allen. “Once we feel like he’s in a position where he can play and play effectively, then we’ll play him. I mean, he’s too good a player.”
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