Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen will undergo surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle, multiple outlets reported Monday.
Allen suffered the injury in the first quarter of his team’s 23-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. He also sustained a small fracture. Date of the surgery was not set.
NFL Network said Allen will miss the remainder of the season for Washington (2-6), but coach Ron Rivera on Monday said that conclusion was “premature.”
Second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins started the season for Washington but was pulled after a 1-3 start and demoted to third string. Veteran Alex Smith replaced Allen on Sunday, and Rivera said Smith will start this Sunday when Washington travels to Detroit to face the Lions (3-5).
For the 36-year-old Smith, the game will mark his first start since Nov. 18, 2018, against the Houston Texans. Smith sustained a compound fracture of his right leg in that game, and complications required him to have 17 surgeries. He missed the entire 2019 season.
Allen took to Instagram to thank fans and friends for their well wishes.
“Just want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support today,” Allen wrote. “This is the unfortunate part of the game we play, but there’s no adversity you can’t overcome!! I promise I’ll be back stronger, and better because of it. Loved every second of my first year in Washington, I can’t wait for more!”
On the season, Allen, 24, has completed 69 percent of his passes (60 of 87) for 610 yards with four scores and an interception.
Haskins, 23, was 89-of-146 passing (61 percent) for 939 yards in four games. He threw four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
In limited action over two games, Smith is 33-of-49 passing (67.3 percent) for 362 yards with one score and three interceptions.
Despite a dismal record, Washington is not out of contention for a playoff spot, sitting in second place in the woeful NFC East. Philadelphia leads the division at 3-4-1 at the halfway mark of the season.
(Field Level Media)