San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been ruled out for the season with a kidney injury, according to reports.
Allen suffered the injury against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday when he landed hard while catching in traffic on a 13-yard touchdown. He was on the flight with the rest of the Chargers back to San Diego but was later hospitalized.
Alongside the other brutal injuries from week eight, Allen's injury sounds like the worst of all as it is on one of the most vital organs of the human body, but he is expected to make a full recovery which is good to hear.
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The AFC West franchise confirmed today, according to Yahoo! Sports, that their top wide receiver will be out for the rest of the year after he was found to have a lacerated kidney. He will be placed on the injured-reserve after he had a minor procedure to stop the bleeding yesterday.
This will be a hard pill for the Chargers to swallow, as they currently sit on a 2-6 record and have struggled to have their best team out on the field all at the same time throughout the first eight games of the year.
Prior to the injury, Allen was on course for a career-best season, as he had 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. Impressive considering across 14 games last season, he only had 77 catches for 783 yards and four touchdowns.
The Chargers now will be looking at the likes of Stevie Johnson, Malcom Floyd, and Dontrelle Inman to step up and fill the big spot he has left behind in the wideout position. Without Allen as well, the task for the AFC West to make the playoffs in a difficult division is even more challenging with this unfortunate setback.