Brandon Allen Injury: Arkansas QB Hurts Shoulder vs. Southern Miss
Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen injured his shoulder and left the team’s Week 3 matchup against Southern Mississippi.
John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel was the first to note his absence:
Arkansas qb Brandon Allen out with shoulder injury.— John Adams (@johnadamskns) September 14, 2013
No official word has been given on his expected return, but it doesn’t look good. Allen was seen coming out of the X-ray room and returning to the locker room without his pads on in the second quarter, per Thomas Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Allen in transit from X-ray room to the locker room with a trainer holding his shoulder pads & Allen not moving his right arm— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) September 14, 2013
The quarterback has since returned to the sidelines and is still not wearing shoulder pads and visibly favoring his shoulder as pointed out by Adam Alter of the Sports Talk with Bo radio show:
He's holding his throwing arm very still.— Adam Alter (@Adam_Alter) September 14, 2013
At the time, Allen had the undefeated Razorbacks rolling with a seven-point advantage. The redshirt sophomore quarterback was 2-of-5 passing for 33 yards and one touchdown prior to being knocked out of the action.
Bo Mattingly of the Sports Talk With Bo radio show noted the significance of Allen to his team’s success this season:
Swanson & Allen are probably most important to Arkansas' bowl hopes. Can't see Hogs getting to 6 without them.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) September 14, 2013
In the immediate wake of the loss, the Razorbacks struggled significantly offensively. With backup quarterback AJ Derby in the game, Arkansas didn’t pass on its first two possessions after Allen’s exit despite the Golden Eagles stacking the box against him. That included an obvious passing situation on 3rd-and-10.
The Razorbacks might be able to survive against Southern Mississippi, but their upcoming SEC schedule will be even tougher without Allen behind center. There’s a chance the team might consider removing the red shirt of Austin Allen if their starter is slated to miss significant action.
For now, though, the Razorbacks’ offense appears to be in the hands of Derby.
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