Rookie defensive end Jonathan Allen is expected to miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc sprain, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation Wednesday. Allen, suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field.
Allen left the locker room in a walking boot, and Redskins Coach Jay Gruden hoped the defensive lineman would be sidelined for just 3-to-4 weeks. His optimism was voiced before Allen received further evaluation by Dr. Robert Anderson, however. It was after that examination the timeline was extended.
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The pocket-pushing defensive lineman gobbled up 10 tackles and a sack in five starts before suffering the injury. Allen will particularly be missed in the Redskins’ interior rotation on passing downs, where the rookie displayed an ability to collapse the pocket.
After being projected to go in the top 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft, Allen fell to the Redskins at No. 17 overall after concerns about shoulder tendinitis. Early in the season, it looked like Washington had one of the steals of the draft in Allen.
Second-year player Anthony Lanier II will replace Allen in the lineup. The Redskins like his length and the fact the 6-foot-6 Lanier he bulked up to 286 pounds; Gruden said Lanier is much stronger than he was as a rookie. He can play tackle in their nickel package and end in their base. He’s also considered a good athlete, but more raw than Allen.
Washington’s defense is allowing just 88 rushing yards per game, the eight-best total in the NFL. Philadelphia’s offense is fifth with 132.5 rushing yards per game.