Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen suffered a foot injury in the team's divisional-round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and missed the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, he is ready to return.
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Allen Active vs. Broncos
Sunday, Feb. 7
The Panthers confirmed Allen is available to play against Denver.
Latest on Allen's Practice Status
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Allen was available for Wednesday's session, according to Max Henson of the Panthers' official website. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported he was limited. Jarrett Bell of USA Today added Allen being limited "was really about rest," per Breer.
Allen Comments on Availability for Super Bowl
Wednesday, Jan. 27
"My foot feels great," Allen said, per Henson. "I'm getting ready to play in this game."
Allen added that he doesn't have any limitations, per Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Allen Comments on Being Ruled Out vs. Cardinals
Friday, Jan. 22
"Not happy, plain and simple," Allen said, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. "I'm ready to rock. Coach's decision, gotta live with it."
Rivera Comments on Ruling Allen Out vs. Cardinals
Friday, Jan. 22
Rivera said it "was a tough decision to rule [Allen] out," per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, adding that he hopes to have Allen active for the Super Bowl.
Latest on Allen's Diagnosis
Monday, Jan. 18
An MRI revealed Allen has a "fracture in his foot," per Person.
Earlier, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported "nothing has changed from [Sunday]" regarding Allen's status, noting he has a small broken bone near his pinkie toe and plans on continuing to play.
On Sunday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reported the four-time All-Pro suffered a foot injury that will "likely" require surgery that would end his season. However, Jones added "there's a sliver of hope that he can play through it," adding Allen will undergo an X-ray and "there's more concern than optimism."
Allen Has Added Depth to Panthers Defense After Trade
Allen started the season with the Chicago Bears, but after three games, they dealt him to the Panthers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. With Carolina working around injuries at defensive end at the time, it seemed like an ideal fit.
The hope among those responsible for acquiring Allen was likely that he would reinvigorate his career on the heels of a tough season in Chicago.
According to Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com, Rivera loved what the five-time Pro Bowler potentially brought to the table:
He's a pass rushing specialist — that's what he does — and he plays the run very well. He's a physical guy. He's got good size, good hand strength. He rushes with violence. He doesn't just sit there and work one way or the other — he's got counter moves. We watched a lot of tape on him today just to make sure that this could potentially be a fit for us.
After releasing Julius Peppers in a cost-cutting move during the 2014 offseason, the Bears replaced him with Allen. Chicago signed him away from the rival Minnesota Vikings with a four-year deal with the expectation that he could extend his seven-season streak with double-digit sacks, but his initial campaign in Chicago didn't go according to plan.
Allen stumbled out of the gates, as he didn't record his first sack of 2014 until Week 6, and he ultimately finished with a career-low 5.5 sacks. This year, he had 32 tackles and two sacks in the regular season.
The 33-year-old star was banged up for much of the season and missed a game for the first time since 2007. Those injury struggles carried over when Allen made the move to Carolina as well.
He battled a back ailment leading up to the Panthers' Week 6 game against the Seahawks, which can be a nagging injury, especially for defensive ends, since they need explosiveness off the line to be successful.
Allen hasn't been the same player fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the years, due largely to his inability to stay healthy as of late, but he is still an important piece to the puzzle in Carolina, since he commands attention from opposing offenses.
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