- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Allen will be “week-to-week” after suffering a knee sprain in Sunday’s 32-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Jay Gruden said. 

Allen, who was named a defensive captain before the game, left the game in the first quarter and went straight into the team’s medical tent for further evaluation. The defensive lineman also went back into the locker room before jogging back onto the sideline in the second quarter. 

Allen, however, was unable to return.

“He was out there walking around pretty good,” Gruden said. “We thought the risk was a little bit too great right now with it being a fresh injury.” 

If Allen were to miss multiple weeks, that would be a significant loss for the Redskins’ defense. The 2017 first-rounder was one of the Redskins’ best players last season and anchored a defensive line that includes Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis. 

Allen spent all of last season healthy, but missed 11 games his rookie year. The 24-year-old suffered a Lisfranc sprain during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in October and was then placed on injured reserve. 

The Redskins blew a 17-0 lead Sunday against the Eagles, but did not use Allen’s injury as an excuse.

Washington sacked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz just once. The team primarily sent just four rushers after Wentz, opting to use its linebackers and defensive backs in coverage. 

“We can rush better,” Gruden said. “Even if you rush three, they can rush better. four men has to rush better. If you want to blitz, you can blitz, but you better cover your (butt). .. Great defenses rush four or five guys. We’ve got to be able to do that.” 

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