The Washington Redskins won’t bring back their first-round draft pick, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, for the final two games of the season, Coach Jay Gruden said Monday. Instead, the team will give the defensive lineman a few more months to recover from the foot surgery that derailed his rookie season in Week 6.
“I think by the time he gets back out to practice and gets in shape, I think the season will be over,” Gruden told reporters Monday, adding that he felt the 6-foot-3, 288-pound Allen was in good shape in general but noted that “football shape” was a different standard.
The plan instead is to point toward Allen’s return for offseason workouts next spring.
Allen, whom the Redskins chose with the 17th pick overall, suffered a Lisfranc injury in the Oct. 15 victory over San Francisco and underwent surgery soon after. Redskins officials said in late November they were hopeful he’d return to the lineup. But, as Gruden indicated Monday, it appears wiser to ensure he is fully recovered before returning to the game.
Allen becomes the team’s second consecutive first-round pick to have an injury-shortened rookie season.
Wide receiver Josh Doctson, whom the Redskins selected 22nd overall in the 2016 NFL draft, appeared in just two games and caught two balls before an Achilles’ ailment sidelined him the remainder of the season.
Asked how he’d grade Allen’s rookie campaign, Gruden said: “It seems like it was so long ago that he played, I can’t really remember. He was off to a good start, really. I think his strength at the point of attack was outstanding, his ability to play the run was good and then we used him in nickel situations also, which he was pushing the pocket extremely well. Sack production didn’t really tell the story about how productive he was. I think he played very well.”
In other injury news, Gruden said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland suffered an AC joint (shoulder) sprain in Sunday’s 20-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, and rookie Ryan Anderson, the team’s second-round pick in the 2017 draft, injured his patella tendon (knee). He described both players as “day-to-day.” Safety Montae Nicholson remains in the NFL concussion protocol.