The Alabama Crimson Tide are poised for another successful season in 2019, which very well could end with Nick Saban hoisting the national championship trophy. With spring practice approaching quickly for the SEC powerhouse, one vital piece to the defense is undergoing a minor procedure.
Chris Allen missed all of last season due to a torn ACL. He wasn’t the only linebacker out of action in 2018 because of the same injury, as Terrell Lewis was also sidelined throughout the year.
With Quinnen Williams, Deionte Thompson and Christian Miller leaving for the NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide needs to reload on defense. Unfortunately, it appears Allen needed one more surgery before being ready for duty this upcoming season, though it was reportedly successful.
According to AL.com reporter Matt Zenitz, Allen did undergo a procedure on his knee but is expected to be on the field for practice in March.
It’s not out of the ordinary for athletes to have one last operation done on their knee, especially after sustaining such a major injury.
Alabama backup outside linebacker Chris Allen had a procedure done on his knee yesterday but is expected to be fine in time for spring practice, per sources https://t.co/KBPF20ArLm
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 15, 2019
Allen was listed as the No. 4 linebacker in his class, per 247Sports.
If his knee holds up throughout the season, it’s possible that he can serve an important role for the linebacker corps. At the very least, the former four-star recruit will have the chance to suit up before games after dealing with an extensive rehab last year.