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Report: Jonathan Allen Out for the Season With Lisfranc Injury

The Redskins’ 1st round pick is done for the year.

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Initial reports had Redskins DE Jonathan Allen missing 3-4 weeks with a Lisfranc injury suffered against the 49ers on Sunday. ESPN's John Keim now reports that the rookie pass-rusher will miss the rest of the season.

An MRI was done after a consultation with Dr. Robert Anderson to determine the severity of the injury on Monday. Redskins’ Head Coach Jay Gruden initially said he could miss 3-4 weeks, which seemed optimistic. Though now it is clear that Allen will miss the remainder of his ro. The injury requires that he has a screw inserted into his injured foot, and will require at least three months of recovery.

This is a big blow to a Redskins defense that had seen improvement from last year. After the Virginia native unexpectedly fell to the Redskins at #17 in the 2017 Draft, and earned a spot in the starting lineup, Allen started all five games. He finishes the year with ten tackles, one sack, and 29 QB hits/pressures.

From Pro Football Focus:

Allen leads the NFL’s DTs with at least 30 pass-rush snaps with a 13.1 pass-rush productivity mark.

Charging up the rookie rankings is Allen, after a third strong performance in as many games, against San Francisco in Week 6. Against the 49ers, Allen registered another four QB pressures giving him 13 total for the season, most among rookie interior defenders. Most impressively, he’s reached 13 pressures on just 80 snaps, less than No. 2 and No. 3 on the list of most pressures out of a rookie DT (Adam Butler, 9 pressures, 93 pass-rush snaps; Jeremiah Ledbetter, 6 pressures, 89 pass-rush snaps). In all, his pass-rush productivity mark of 13.1 is first among all the league’s DTs with at least 30 pass-rush snaps.

It is expected that Anthony Lanier, a previously undrafted free agent in his second NFL season will be tasked with filling in for Allen along the D-line. Lanier has not yet suited up for Washington this season, and played in four contests in 2016.

Jay Gruden has had high praise for the 24-year old saying, “He was a guy that was one of the most difficult for our guys to block. He was not a very natural rusher, either. He was doing it on pure power, length. And I think the more he works coming out of his stance, getting off on the snap count, hand usage, all the things Coach [Jim] Tomsula worked with him, I think he’s got a chance to be really, really good.”

Now with Allen done for the year, Washington is going to be without one of their brightest young stars as they get set to take on the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field next Monday Night.


What is your reaction to reports of Jonathan Allen’s season-ending injury?

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  • 14%
    Life is unfair. Pack it up, the season’s over.
    (140 votes)
  • 53%
    It’s a tough pill to swallow, but what else is new?
    (521 votes)
  • 29%
    Next man up, the Redskins can overcome this.
    (290 votes)
  • 2%
    Washington is better off without Jonathan Allen starting.
    (21 votes)
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