Washington quarterback Kyle Allen left Sunday’s game against the Giants on a cart after a gruesome left ankle injury in the first quarter.
Blitzing Giants safety Jabrill Peppers was falling to the ground coming off a block by Washington running back Antonio Gibson. And as Peppers spun down and lost sight of the quarterback, he kicked his leg backwards and appeared to snap Allen’s lower left leg 90 degrees the wrong way.
Peppers was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer on the play.
Allen was carted off and ruled out with what Washington called an “ankle” injury.
The initial diagnosis of Allen’s injury is a dislocated ankle, but only a small fracture, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting.
Ironically, Allen was replaced by veteran Alex Smith, who just recently returned to the field this season from a life-threatening leg injury he’d sustained in November 2018. In fact, Allen’s injury on Sunday occurred in the same area of the field that Smith’s did two years ago against the Houston Texans.
“November is a lousy month for Washington QBs,” tweeted Washington great Joe Theismann.
His career ended when he suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg on a sack by Lawrence Taylor during a November 1985 game against the Giants.
Allen, 24, in his third season in the NFL was making his fourth start of the season for Washington after Ron Rivera’s team benched Dwayne Haskins Jr. He had completed 5-of-7 passes for 62 yards at the time of the injury.
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