SAN DIEGO (AP) — Keenan Allen, the San Diego Chargers‘ leading receiver, has a broken right collarbone, the team said Tuesday.
Allen, who has 77 catches for 783 yards and four touchdowns this season, also injured his right ankle during the Chargers‘ loss Sunday to the Denver Broncos.
“It says a lot about his toughness and the type of player that he is,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “He didn’t say a word about it on Sunday.”
But on Monday morning, Allen, a second-year pro, knew something was wrong.
“My shoulder was hurt during the game, but I wasn’t too worried about it more than I was the ankle,” Allen said.
McCoy said the Chargers have no plans to put Allen on injured reserve.
With Allen’s status in doubt for Saturday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chargers will lean more on wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. The same goes for their backups, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman.
“I do feel like they’re going to get the job done,” Allen said.
Allen’s injury was only the latest blow for the Chargers, who have lost their last two games and have gone from controlling their destiny in the wild-card race to needing to win their final two games and getting help from other teams to return to the playoffs.
“We’ll miss him,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “But we do have confidence in Tutu and Dontrelle. It does affect us, no doubt. But we feel good with the four guys we have.”
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