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Keenan Allen Suffers Broken Collarbone, Ankle Injury
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Wide Receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers.
The second year wideout leads the Bolts in receptions (77) and yards (783), and has hauled in four touchdowns. He has been especially effective on third down, as his 19 catches for 219 yards ranks second on the team.
Even with a broken collarbone and injured ankle, Allen battled his way back onto the field on Sunday until he couldn’t last any longer. Allen hurt his collarbone on a play early in the second quarter, and on the very next snap, injured his ankle. He said the pain of the ankle was more severe at the time and overshadowed what he felt in his shoulder. However, the next day he alerted the team to the discomfort he felt, and the Chargers diagnosed him with the broken collarbone. Head Coach Mike McCoy believes it is indicative of the wide receiver’s character.
“It shows the toughness and the type of player he is,” McCoy said. “He believes he did it sometime earlier in the game, didn’t say a word about it. He got his ankle rolled up like we talked about, then he came in Monday morning and complained that something was bothering him in his shoulder. He was getting his ankle looked at anyway, so we looked at the shoulder and found what we found. But it says a lot about him and what a tough player he is. The way he fought through the rest of the game as long as he played not even thinking about it. But that’s the nature of this business.”
Despite the injuries, Allen isn’t ready to say he is done for the season right now.
“My shoulder was hurting during the game, but I wasn’t too worried about it more than I was the ankle,” he said on Tuesday. “I was pretty surprised (it was broken), but it was hurting pretty bad the next day. It’s tough….I think it’s possible (to play again). I mean, I couldn’t play on it this past week, but we’ll see what happens.”