Jonathan Allen ‘Day-to-Day’ After Shoulder Injury Against ULM
Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen will not miss significant time despite sustaining a shoulder injury that forced him out of Saturday afternoon’s 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said.
Allen injured his shoulder late in the second quarter and did not return. Upon going down with the injury, he was tended to by team trainers on the field, then escorted to the locker room.
When he returned for the start of the second half, his left arm was in a sling.
“Jonathan Allen has a shoulder that every now and then gives him a problem,” Saban said during his postgame press conference. “We think he'll be OK and be able to practice and play in this next game, but he'll be day-to-day. He has hurt this before, had the same problem before, and he's been able to come back from it pretty quickly.”
During spring practice, Allen was one of nine players who sat out of the team’s A-Day game, many of whom only for precautionary purposes. Though his injury was not disclosed, a source later revealed Allen had shoulder surgery, which the defensive lineman confirmed prior to Alabama’s season opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 2.
“Just a rotator cuff,” Allen said at the time. “It was nothing major.”
Allen did not reveal which shoulder he injured previously.
“It feels good,” he said. “I forget which shoulder I hurt sometimes, so it’s definitely not a problem going into the season.”
Last week against Ole Miss, sophomore wide receiver Robert Foster suffered a similar injury, albeit on his right shoulder. On the following Monday after the game, Saban revealed that Foster had surgery on the injury and would be out for “a good while.”
A day earlier, on that Sunday, AL.com reported that Foster had surgery for a torn rotator cuff that would require him to miss the rest of the season.
Through four games this season, Allen has seven total tackles, including a team-high three sacks, and two pass breakups. He sacked Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave twice in the season opener, then added a third when he forced Ole Miss to punt on the final play of the third quarter by taking down Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly for an eight-yard loss.
Last season, Allen, a junior, was named first-team All-SEC after compiling 33 tackles (11.5 tackles for loss) and 5.5 sacks. Both his tackles for loss and sack figures were second on the team behind since-graduated linebacker Xzavier Dickson.
Allen also blocked an extra point, which helped Alabama hold on to beat Arkansas, 14-13, last October in Fayetteville.