While it didn’t look like it was going to be a dangerous play when it happened, last season when Chargers wide out Keenan Allen came down in Baltimore with a touchdown in the end zone, little did people know it would be the last play for him in 2015.
The play was a corner route, and Allen pulled in the scoring pass, only to suffer a lacerated kidney, a scary injury that ended his season much too early, and also hurt the Chargers passing game for the rest of the season.
“I couldn’t breathe at all,” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/17/chargers-keenan-allen-injury-health/
“Stevie (Johnson) came over, tried to grab me from the ground. ‘Hold on, Stevie. I can’t breathe.’ Except I couldn’t say that. ‘I can’t breathe.’ Gasping for air. I just kept laying there. I kept thinking how I couldn’t breathe — I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t breathe. It felt like the longest minute of my life, not being able to breathe.”
While that was bad, little did Allen know the recovery that would come along with such an injury. He missed the final two months of the year, and US casino players had to take that into consideration for the rest of the Chargers season and the blow it was to the Bolts offense.
Allen played in just eight games, but was very good in those games, pulling in 67 passes, tied for third-most in NFL history in eight games, with 725 yards and four scores.
When he went down, the Chargers offense seemed to go down with it. The club wasn’t able to duplicate their offensive output the rest of the year, but now with a returning Allen, they should be able to get back to where they were a season ago.
The Chargers with Allen had the league’s number one ranked offense for the first half of the season, putting up 423.3 yards per game. Now with Allen back, the skies the limit with his pass catching and big play abilities.
Allen also has something to play for as he has one year left on his rookie contract, and he’s eager to prove to the Bolts and the rest of the NFL that he’s for real.
It’ll be a welcome sight to see him out there doing his thing again in 2016.