Ricardo Allen has had some bad injuries in the last few years. He missed 13 games back in 2018 thanks to a torn Achilles. His loss was strongly felt in 2018, however, he did not look quite like his 2017 self in the last season.
This is pretty typical for Achilles injuries, even more than ACL tears, as players have to get back into shape and mentally overcome the debilitating injury. Allen should be back to full strength in 2020, at least as far as his legs are concerned.
His shoulder may be different.
Falcons injury news to pass along: Ricardo Allen recently underwent shoulder surgery. He played the final few games with pain in his shoulder and got it checked out after the season. Rehab is expected to take multiple months.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) January 30, 2020
“Multiple months” could be problematic, with preseason training camp generally starting in mid-July. A slow rehab or any setbacks could result in another slow start for Allen. He posted a photograph of himself having undergone surgery earlier in January.
#Falcons News: Ricardo Allen is having shoulder surgery today. pic.twitter.com/BO3OdhzPGL— Rise Up Reader (@RiseUpReader) January 21, 2020
Now that The Athletic has tossed out a timeline, we will keep an eye on Allen’s rehabilitation. Shoulder surgery is far easier than recovering from an Achilles tear, so hopefully Allen is able to hit the ground running by training camp.