Source: Panthers DE Jared Allen suffered fractured foot in win

ByDavid Newton ESPN logo
Monday, January 18, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen suffered a fractured foot in Sunday's 31-24 NFL divisional playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks, a league source said.

The injury is similar to the one that defensive tackle Star Lotulelei suffered last season. Lotulelei's injury required surgery that sidelined him for the rest of the 2014 playoffs.

Coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that Allen was getting an MRI.

Exactly when the injury occurred is uncertain. Allen, the NFL's active sack leader with 136, was in on a tackle with 2:25 remaining.

Without Allen, the Panthers likely will turn to 2014 second-round pick Kony Ealy as the starter on the right side. Ealy started nine games during the regular season, but went to a backup role when Charles Johnson returned after missing seven games with a hamstring injury.

Allen was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears when, following the third game, Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Allen started 13 games, including Sunday's, for the Panthers. He had two sacks.

Allen, 33, has one year left on his contract. He recently told he would evaluate after the season whether he will play another year, but he made it clear he wouldn't play anywhere else by Carolina.

The Panthers likely would call up end Wes Horton up from the practice squad. Horton started 14 games for Carolina in 2014, but he is considered primarily a run-stopper.

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