UPDATE: Keenan Allen has been placed on season ending IR with a lacerated kidney. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery for KA and can’t wait to see him lead the league in receptions next season fully healthy.
Allen was slow to get up and it was speculated that he had just had the wind knocked out of him and was even stated by Coach Mike McCoy heading into the locker room just moments later.
It seemed more serious than that after Allen did not return in the second half of the game and was reported he was dealing with muscle spasms but we have now learned that it was an internal injury to his kidney.
Mike McCoy seldom gives injury update the day after game. That Keenan Allen to “miss some time” with kidney injury concerning.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 2, 2015
The timetable for his return has been set but of the SD Union Tribune reported McCoy stated earlier today that he “will miss some time.” This is obviously a blow to an already depleted roster for the Chargers. The third year wideout was having a career year and set an NFL record for receptions through the first 7 games. Right now he is 2nd in the NFL in receptions with 62 and 3rd in receiving yards with 725 yards half way through the season.
— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2015
Allen was also forced to leave the game early two weeks ago against the Green Bay Packers. After torching them for 14 catches and 157 yards already, Allen tweaked a hip flexor in the third quarter and did not return. In both games he’s had to leave early, the Chargers were without Philip Rivers go-to receiver down the stretch. They lost against the Packers after not scoring a TD from the 3-yard line, and couldn’t convert on a 3rd and long against the Ravens to extend the drive, settling for a field goal.
Hopefully this injury isn’t too significant where he would miss a chunk of the second half of the season, as he has been on a roll this entire season. He’s on pace to break all kind of franchise and NFL records, including receptions in a season for a Charger (set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2003 with 100). A timetable for his return should come out soon once they fully diagnose the injury and recovery time.
Get well KA13.
***Update- Allen was placed on I.R. Tuesday morning by the Chargers after undergoing a procedure on a lacerated kidney. He is expected to recover fully, but is lost for the year.