The Washington Commanders have had plenty of bad performances over the years. Sunday’s performance in a 24-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns was one of Washington’s ugliest in recent memory.
Lost in another bad defeat that likely ends Washington’s playoff hopes was the injury to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jonathan Allen.
The team captain went down in the second quarter with a knee injury. It was essentially a non-contact injury, as Allen was engaged with a Cleveland offensive lineman before coming away with a limp. There was no collision on the play. Allen was down on the field for a bit before heading to the sidelines.
At halftime, Washington ruled him out for the game, and Allen was seen on the sidelines in the second half sporting a hoodie and supporting his teammates.
After the game, head coach Ron Rivera told the media Allen “hyperextended” his knee and the severity will likely be determined on Monday at the team facility.
Regardless of what happens with Washington’s playoff chances, an injury to Allen is devastating news. Here’s hoping there is no structural damage and Allen is fine heading into the offseason.