Report: Details of Chargers WR Keenan Allen’s back injury, revealed
According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Allen suffered back spasms early in the game versus the Saints:
#Chargers star WR Keenan Allen had spasms after pinching his lower back on his touchdown catch Monday night, source said. With the schedule changes, L.A.'s bye moved up from Week 10 to Week 6, so extra time for Allen to get right.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 13, 2020
On the Chargers’ second offensive drive of the game, Allen hauled in a touchdown from Justin Herbert to give them a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. While Allen was able to convert on the touchdown, he noticed something wrong with his back and went to the locker room.
After initially being ruled as questionable to return, the Chargers decided to hold him out for the rest of the game. As Pelissero says, due to the schedule changes, Los Angeles now has a bye week in Week 6 instead of Week 10.
Given that, the Chargers understand that Allen could have an extra week to recover before returning to the field. And seeing that Los Angeles now holds a 1-4 record, making sure Allen is a hundred percent is vital for their efforts to attempt making a comeback in the standings.
Upon Allen’s early exit, Mike Williams saw a more expanded role in the Chargers’ aerial attack. Williams had the best game he has had thus far this season on Monday, hauling in five passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
In all likeliness, Allen will be back in the offense when Los Angeles takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. But it will be worth monitoring his status in the next week or so before the Chargers feel comfortable inserting him back in the lineup.