Nate Allen of Philadelphia Eagles Should Be Back in Time for Training Camp

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIDecember 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Lost in all of the hype and celebration of the huge comeback victory by the Eagles tonight was the season-ending injury suffered by Eagles starting free safety Nate Allen.

Allen ruptured his patellar tendon in his right knee during the second quarter of the game vs. the New York Giants. He was in obvious pain, and it was truly hard to watch. I can't imagine how he was feeling.

According to eMedicine, the patellar tendon is the tendon that connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia. It is a fairly large tendon and usually carries a recovery time of about six months. In some cases, it is possible to get back on the field in 12 to 24 weeks. 

Most likely starting in the place of Nate Allen is fellow rookie Kurt Coleman. Coleman has been playing very well in his limited chances on the field and even notched an interception in his only start, which came earlier in the season when Allen was nursing an injury. 

Losing Allen will undoubtedly be a huge loss, but I'm optimistic that Coleman can fill the role very nicely. We shall see.