Keenan Allen’s return to football was short-lived. In his first game back from a lacerated kidney that placed him on the injured reserve last November, Allen suffered another serious injury. He tore his ACL.
Now, he’s back on the road to recovery rather than hauling in passes from Philip Rivers. Allen released a statement to Chargers fans Wednesday thanking them for their support and ensuring them he will return better than ever.
“It’s going to be tough to not play for a whole season, but it is going to make me tougher mentally,” Allen wrote. “I’m going to come back stronger than ever. I’m more motivated than ever. I can’t wait. I’m going to be back, so don’t you worry about me.”
Allen’s presence will be sorely missed. He caught six passes for 63 yards before exiting last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Without another true No. 1 receiver on the roster, San Diego will likely utilize a committee to replace their fallen receiver. Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams will be relied upon to pick up the slack. Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates also should see more targets going forward.
There’s no way to truly replace Allen. But, San Diego will have to do its best just like Allen will do his best to get back on the field as quickly as possible.