Earlier this week, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that Eagles Defensive Tackle, Beau Allen, had suffered an upper body injury that is expected to require surgery. Ian Rapoport stated earlier today that the 25-year old is set to undergo surgery this Wednesday..with the hopes of returning prior to the start of the regular season.
#Eagles DT Beau Allen, who ruptured his pec last week while benching, will have surgery Wednesday to repair it, source said. Goal is Week 1.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2017
This would mean that Training Camp may be a big reach for Allen, who is entering his contract year with the Eagles. With the addition of Timmy Jernigan, Allen was expected to compete for a starting role..but with Training Camp now wide open for Destiny Vaeao and Aziz Shittu, along with any rookies drafted by the team, Allen’s future now becomes cloudy.
He’s coming off a year where he set a career high in tackles (29), as well as recovering his first NFL fumble and starting three games. The 6’3, 327 lbs DT has improved every year since being drafted in the seventh round in 2014. As well as playing in all 16 games in 2016, he also played in 32% of special teams snaps.
Reports did surface of a potential extension between Allen and the Eagles, but those talks died down upon the start of free agency. This injury could not come at a worse time for Allen, but if he can return for the start of the regular season, his spot on the depth chart should be secure. But what happens after the end of next season could be fully dependent on how well Allen bounces back from the tear and whether or not he can surge his way through what’s becoming a talented DT corps.
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