|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 12|
|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 206 lb.|
|Born:||April 27, 1992|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (76)|
The Chargers activated Allen (undisclosed/hamstring) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, per the NFL's official transactions report.
Analysis: Allen missed the Chargers' regular-season finale after being placed on the COVID-19 list, but he'll now be eligible to return to team facilities. It's possible that he would've been unavailable for the win over Kansas City anyway, given that he missed Week 16 due to a lingering hamstring injury, but there's not yet any reason to suspect that his availability for the start of offseason workouts is in danger. Allen appeared in 14 games in 2020, during which span he quickly emerged as the favorite target of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert but narrowly missed logging a fourth straight season with 1,000 receiving yards. In all, Allen wraps up another impressive season with 100 catches (147 targets) for 992 yards and eight touchdowns.
Allen, who had been dealing with a hamstring issue, has been placed on the COVID-19 list by the Chargers, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Allen out for Sunday's season finale, Jalen Guyton (hamstring) and Tyron Johnson should be in line to see added opportunities in the Chargers' Week 17 passing game alongside starting wideout Mike Williams.
Allen (hamstring) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Coach Anthony Lynn has already acknowledged that there's a "good chance" Allen be available for Sunday's season finale against Kansas City. If Allen is out this weekend, Jalen Guyton (hamstring) and Tyron Johnson would be in line for added pass-catching opportunities in Week 17.
Allen (hamstring) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Manzano adds that coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged that there's a "good chance" Allen "won't be out there" in Sunday's season finale between 6-9 Los Angeles and Kansas City. If Allen is out this weekend, added Week 17 opportunities will be available for Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson.
Allen (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: With Allen out Sunday, look for Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and KJ Hill to see added opportunities in the Chargers' Week 16 passing game alongside starting wideout Mike Williams.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network calls Allen (hamstring) a "legit game-time decision" for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: Adam Schefter of ESPN previously suggested that the "plan going into Sunday is to let (Allen) recover" from his hamstring injury, but it appears as though the wideout will test things out during pre-game warmups before a final call is made on his status for the Chargers' 4:05 ET kickoff. Allen approached his team's Dec. 17 game against the Raiders in a similar fashion before suiting up and seeing a limited snap share (36 percent), en route to catching just one pass in his team's Week 15 win.
Allen (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, isn't expected to play Sunday versus Denver, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Allen was limited to 24 offensive snaps last week against the Raiders due to the hamstring injury, and he may be forced to miss his first game of the season this weekend. Quarterback Justin Herbert may be without two of his top weapons Sunday since tight end Hunter Henry (undisclosed) is also potentially unavailable while on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Allen (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos after being listed as limited on Friday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Previous reports have suggested that Allen could be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest and that's how his Week 16 status should be treated until or unless further reports with additional context arrive. If Allen is limited or out this weekend, added looks would be available for the likes of Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and KJ Hill.
Coach Anthony Lynn indicated that Allen (hamstring) could be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: That's how Allen approached last Thursday's contest against the Raiders before suiting up and seeing a limited snap share (36 percent) in the Chargers' victory. The team's top pass catcher thus appears destined to head into the weekend tagged with an official Week 16 'questionable' designation.
Allen (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Allen was viewed as iffy as last Thursday's game against the Raiders approached, but he suited up and saw a limited (36 percent) snap share in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win. It's quite plausible that Allen's Wednesday absence is maintenance-related, a scenario that would be supported by his return to practice, in any capacity, Thursday.
Allen (hamstring) secured one of three targets for 17 yards and lost a yard on his one rush attempt in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night.
Analysis: The veteran had been an iffy proposition to suit up heading into pregame warmups, and even though he was ultimately active, he played a much lesser role than customary. Allen's reception and yardage tallies were season lows, while he saw only one more target than in a Week 5 battle against the Saints during which he logged just 12 snaps due to back spasms. Allen will now have extra time to rest up ahead of a Week 16 contest against the Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 27, a game in which he'll look to record the eight yards he needs to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive campaign.
Allen (hamstring) is listed as active Thursday at Las Vegas.
Analysis: The Chargers capped Allen's practice reps this week, containing him to limited listings on two of three injury reports. His questionable tag became less than that when Tom Pelissero of NFL Network noted that the team is treating Allen as a "true game-time decision." Adam Schefter of ESPN later reported that the Chargers were concerned Allen may not be available, but if he was he likely would be limited. With the statuses of both Allen and Mike Williams (back) cleared for Thursday's game, L.A.'s receiving corps will be intact, but Schefter relayed that both players will be on "a rep count."
The Chargers "are concerned they won't have" Allen (hamstring) for Thursday night's game against the Raiders, and if they do, he's likely to be limited, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The same report notes that Mike Williams (back) is not expected to play, which sets the stage for Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton to see added Week 15 snaps. Allen's status will be officially clarified once the Chargers post their inactives approximately 90 minutes before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, but it's starting to look like he can't be counted on for his usual high-volume role in the team's passing attack this week.
Allen (hamstring) is a considered a "true game-time decision" for Thursday night's game against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: As is Mike Williams (back), with the report noting that both wide receivers were sore following Week 14 action. With the Chargers on a short week, look for the duo to be tested out by the team during warmups, with Allen's Week 15 status to be confirmed once inactives are released before Thursday's 8:20 ET kickoff.
Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Raiders after being listed as limited on Tuesday and Wednesday's practice estimates.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow wideout Mike Williams (back), as well as running back Austin Ekeler (quad). We suspect that Allen, who was out there for 57 of the Chargers' 73 snaps on offense the team's win over the Falcons this past Sunday, will be able to handle his usual role Thursday, though his Week 15 status won't be confirmed until the release of inactives approximately 90 minutes prior to Los Angeles' 8:20 ET kickoff.
Allen (hamstring) was limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report.
Analysis: One day removed from being listed as a non-participant, Allen would have fit in some reps if the Chargers had held practice Tuesday. Considering the upgrade in verbiage, he seems to be trending in the right direction for Thursday's game at Las Vegas, but ultimately Wednesday's report will have the final word on his status.
Allen (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Allen was on the field for 57 of the Chargers' 73 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-17 win Sunday over the Falcons, while catching nine of his 11 targets for 52 yards and a TD. We'll revisit the wideout's status once the team hits the field next to see if he's simply managing a minor issue or is in any danger of being limited or out Thursday night against the Raiders.
Allen caught nine of his 11 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 win Sunday over the Falcons.
Analysis: Sunday's touchdown tied Allen's career high in a season, but perhaps more impressively, the veteran route runner continues to score from at least 10 or more yards out. The injury to Mike Williams (back) allowed the Falcons' secondary to converge even tighter on Allen which set the stage for Tyron Johnson (6-55-1) to have a career day, but the 28-year-old was still a critical factor on the penultimate drive which ultimately saw Justin Herbert stare down Allen for what appeared to be a game-ending interception. Considering Allen's connection with Herbert and incredible usage rate (144 targets through 13 games) it's hard to imagine a dud the rest of the way considering the number of vulnerable defenses still left on the schedule.
Allen caught five of 11 targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 45-0 loss so the Patriots.
Analysis: Allen, who received plenty of attention from the talented New England secondary, did next to nothing aside from his long gain of 24 yards. He had touchdowns in five straight games heading into this one but saw his streak end as the Chargers were surprisingly shut out for the first time since the 2014 season. While Allen has now been held under 50 yards for three consecutive games, each of those matchups has been quite difficult on an individual level and he should have a chance to break out next Sunday against the subpar Falcons secondary.
Allen caught just four of his 10 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the 27-17 loss Sunday to the Bills.
Analysis: Sunday marked the fifth consecutive game Allen scored a touchdown, this time snaring a nifty lofted pass in the back of the end zone after having mostly scored from 10-plus yards out in previous games. The veteran wide receiver needs just one more touchdown to tie his career-high set all the way back during his rookie campaign (2013), although challenging other career-high marks might require a bit of good fortune throughout the final five games of the regular season. The return of Austin Ekeler (hamstring) didn't do much to affect Allen's absolute command on the target funnel, but the Chargers did fall behind early which forced Justin Herbert to attempt an eye-popping 52 passes. It won't get much easier against an emerging Patriots defense next week.
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