12:55pm: Allen will be placed on injured reserve and will officially be sidelined for the season, reports Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter links). Allen, who has a lacerated kidney, underwent a procedure on Monday to stop the bleeding, but is expected to eventually make a full recovery.
TUESDAY, 12:15pm: Allen has undergone a non-surgical kidney procedure and may be sidelined for the rest of the season, tweets Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. The wideout’s exact recovery timetable is still unknown, but if the club decides to place him on IR, Tyrell Williams or Javontee Herndon could get a promotion from the practice squad, tweets Eric Williams of ESPN.com.
MONDAY, 5:38pm: Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen will be out for “some time” with a kidney issue, coach Mike McCoy told reporters (via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego). Allen suffered a kidney injury Sunday when he landed hard after a receiving touchdown against the Ravens.
Allen, 23, recorded 67 passes for 725 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the team’s first eight games. While Allen was inconsistent in 2014, he was well on his way to meeting and exceeding his level of play in 2013. In that breakout rookie campaign, Allen recorded 71 catches for 1,046 yards with eight scores.
It’s not clear exactly how long the Chargers will be without Allen, but they do have the option of going out-of-house for help if they want to make a trade before the deadline. If the Bolts stand pat, they can promote either Javontee Herndon or Tyrell Williams from the practice squad to help replenish their depth. Antonio Gates is also likely to see an uptick in targets while Allen is sidelined.