The rug was pulled from under the San Diego Chargers when wide receiver Keenan Allen went down in the second quarter Sunday against Kansas City with an a knee injury.
Initial reports indicated that Allen suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
Those reports are now a formality.
Allen is indeed out for the season with a torn ACL, according to the Chargers. San Diego officially placed the receiver on injured reserve on Monday.
Rookie Joey Bosa was placed on the team’s active roster in a simultaneous move.
Allen’s six catches for 63 yards had helped San Diego bolt out to a 21-3 first half lead. The receiver’s quick start came to a crashing halt in the second quarter when he fell on the field after not being contacted. San Diego lost confidence on offense and defense shortly after Allen’s emotional exit to the locker room and subsequently blew a double-digit lead in a 33-27 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Major injuries aren’t foreign to the fourth-year wideout; Allen endured a season-ending kidney injury last year in a Week 8 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. What makes his latest injury a tough pill to swallow for San Diego is that Allen looked like one of the best receivers in the league in limited action on Sunday. The Chargers’ No. 1 wideout continuously gave Chiefs top cornerback Marcus Peters fits before being carted to the locker room.
The Chargers have already lost receiver Stevie Johnson for the season, and Allen’s loss is even more devastating.