October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) recovers a Kansas City Chiefs fumble and runs it out of the end zone as Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen (71) makes the tackle in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Jeff Allen Leaves Field With Shoulder Injury

The Kansas City Chiefs have another injury to a potential starer. Guard Jeff Allen was carted off the field during today’s morning practice with an apparent shoulder injury.

From Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star:

Yikes. That isn’t good.

The Chiefs are trying to remake their offensive line with a group of young players. There is some depth at the position with Geoff Shwartz recently added to the roster but losing Allen for a significant amount of time could hurt the line’s chemistry, especially if he was the favorite to be a starter.

Allen started 13 games last year and while he wasn’t overly impressive, he has loads of talent and the experience starting as a rookie should serve him well this season.

The Chiefs are likely to start Rodney Hudson at center this season. Hudson missed most of last season with a broken leg and he could have used some reps alongside Allen.

We’ll keep you updated on Allen’s status. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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  • Lyle Graversen

    That stinks for several reasons. First, you never want to see any KC player injured. Second, the Allen/Schwartz battle was one of the more interesting camp battles to watch. Third, interior OL depth was already one of my concerns for this team. I wonder if they’ll look to bring a vet with C/G experience in, especially since I haven’t heard anything about Kush setting the world on fire yet?

  • Lyle Graversen

    On the injury news front. I just saw that Philly’s WR Jeremy Maclin went down at camp today and they think he may have an ACL and could be done for the season. First off, that sucks for him and I hope it turns out to not be that serious.

    That having been said, Maclin will be a free agent next year. If he’s coming off an ACL he may be cheap in free agency. He went to school down the road at Mizzou and the coach that drafted him is now in KC. Just saying…….

    • Jim Harper

      Great observation Lyle and it makes a ton of sense. Philly could very step up to keep him though. It would sure be nice.

    • Michael Shaw

      Also just heard that Dennis Pita in Baltimore is out for the season as well with a broken hip, not just a dislocation!!! Yikes!! Not good for the Ravens!!!

  • Chris Tarrants

    Swartz IMO is a better option anyway ! Allen didn’t impress me at all last year. Swartz is a converted tackle who was decent, so moving to guard should make him even better and he has experience which is something our line doesn’t have a lot of

    • KCMikeG

      Schwartz is almost 40 pounds heavier than Allen and will be a better solution to the bull rushes that have collapsed our interior OL for the last three years.

  • Rich Cooper

    Line injuries pose a real risk to this team. Especially inside. Hate to hear this, hopefully its not too serious. Bad deal for Maclin too. As good as he was last year, I think he could be a 1200 yd 10+ td guy with the right system and qb (not Vick IMO).

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Sorry to hear the kid got dinged up. Geoff Schwartz will better in that role though.