FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons have announced that starting free safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the 2018 season with a torn Achilles, which he suffered in the team's 43-37 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Allen is the third Falcons player who will miss the remainder of the season, joining fellow safety Keanu Neal and starting left guard Andy Levitre. With injuries mounting, the Falcons must now determine what actions to take. Following Sunday's game, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said they may choose to address the situation in-house rather than bring someone in from the outside, which would be difficult given the team's limited cap room.
“Yes, Thomas (Dimitroff) and I discussed that, and we'll continue to discuss that afterward," Quinn said. "We have some other guys with some versatility that we'll try to plug around. We'll see what the length of the injuries are. That would certainly make a difference if we went outside to look for somebody else. If it's shorter term, then likely we'd stay inside.”
Allen, 26, is a highly respected member of the Falcons' defense. In his four seasons as a starter in Atlanta, Allen, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has recorded 229 tackles, 13 pass defenses and seven interceptions. In August, Allen agreed to a three-year contract extension.