Jonathan Allen is expected to be ready to go when Redskins team activities resume next week, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
The second-year defensive tackle from Alabama has been a mainstay in the Redskins Park weight room this offseason, the source said, working out with other defensive linemen.
Allen went down with a Lisfranc injury in Week 5 last year, and he didn’t return the rest of the season. He was eligible to rejoin the roster in late December, but the team kept their promising rookie big man off the field to fully recuperate.
"We want to make sure he's 100 percent," head coach Jay Gruden said last November. "Once we feel like he's in a position where he can play and play effectively, then we'll play him. He's too good a player."
At the same time, Allen explained that the injury was frustrating but he was working hard in his recovery.
"You definitely can learn a lot sitting back and watching them, but as a competitor, you just want to be out there and help your team," Allen said then.
With Allen on the field early in the season, the Redskins defense looked like a formidable unit. Injuries to Allen and others wrecked that vision, and Washington would go on to finish last in the NFL against the run at season’s end.
Much focus points to what player the Redskins will select with the 13th overall selection in the NFL Draft later this month. It’s entirely possible Bruce Allen and the ‘Skins brass again draft a defensive lineman, and it would be a sound practice.
Still, a healthy Allen back on the field could have a more dramatic impact than any player selected at 13
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