Keenan Allen Benched By Chargers to Nurse Broken Collarbone and Ankle
The San Diego Chargers have decided to give their Wide Receiver, Keenan Allen a break so that he can recover from a broken collarbone and an ankle. The team made the announcement in their official website. Allen got injured when Chargers clashed with Denver Broncos last Sunday, which got his team mates smoked out.
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Allen's absence could easily spell doom for Chargers because they are set to clash with San Francisco 49ers. Though he is injured, the player is still hoping to play in some upcoming matches before the season comes to a close.
Allen stated that he did not feel overwhelmed by the pain immediately until the next day. In fact he did not expect either of his bones to be broken. “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.”
Allen is in deed a go getter. The player was determined to remain in the field regardless of the injury. As a matter of fact, the broken collarbone did not stop him from returning into the field. Unfortunately, his condition worsened after a short while thanks to an injured ankle. From the fans point of view, his collarbone seemed to be in a sorry state when compared to his knee.
Contrary to everyone's expectations, Allen stated that his knee hurt the most such that he almost forgot that his shoulder was also in pain. He actually informed the team's management about his condition the following day.
Chargers coach, Mike McCoy, applauded him for being a dedicated player. “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.”
There is still hope that Allen will be in the field sooner than expected. This is because the team has not put him in the injured reserve where he would join the likes of Donald Butler.
The recent injuries at Chargers have caused some players such as Greg Ducre and Brad Sorensen to be picked from the bench for the sake of filling the gap left by the injured players.
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