By Justin Adkins:
The news isn’t good for Eagles safety Nate Allen. The rookie from South Florida has suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee, ending his season. Only the technicality of him officially being placed on Injured Reserve remains.
Allen had started all 13 games so far this season, playing well overall. He has registered 48 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, 8 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
He will need surgery on his knee, but the recovery timeframe is less than that of the more severe ACL tear injury. Assuming his rehab goes well, Allen should be back to running at full speed by the start of training camp.
Taking Allen’s spot in the starting lineup will be fellow rookie Kurt Coleman, a seventh-round pick out of Ohio State.
“Absolutely,” said Coleman, when asked if he was ready to start. “They brought me on this team for a reason . . . [Quintin Mikell] has been helping me out tremendously. So I’ll definitely be ready next week.”
Coleman has played mostly on special teams this season, seeing the field on defense only occasionally. He is probably best known for scoring two defensive touchdowns in the same game during the preseaon.
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