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Ricardo Allen ‘right on schedule’ with shoulder injury rehab

Some good news on the injury front for this Falcons team.

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Rehab looks to be going well for Ricardo Allen following a shoulder surgery he underwent after the conclusion of the regular season.

Per virtual interviews with Allen, he’s on schedule and studying up, which is great news for a Falcons defense that is going to need all hands on deck in 2020.

The initial prognosis was that Allen would be out “multiple months” into the offseason following the operation. That has proven to be true, but the good news is that this doesn’t look like it will linger into the season.

Allen had played through the shoulder injury en route to starting all 16 games at the safety position last season. In total, the former Fifth-Round draft selection turned practice squad standout turned starting free safety played 953 snaps in 2019 — more than anybody else on the Falcons’ defense.

According to PFF, Allen was targeted 45 times in coverage last season, allowing 29 receptions for 265 yards (9.1 yards per reception on a 64.4% catch percentage) and three touchdowns. He led all players from the Falcons’ secondary in run stops with 21, which was also sixth on the team, and was the secondary’s leader with four tackles for loss as well.

Allen was third on the team with 84 total tackles, second with eight passes defensed, and third with two interceptions, in 2019.

Hopefully we will see Ricardo Allen at 100% by the time the regular season kicks off. This news is a step in that direction.