Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, a 12-year veteran acquired in a trade with Chicago last month, will miss just the third game of his career because of injury.
Allen, 33, pinched a nerve in his lower back the day before the Panthers’ Oct. 4 game at Tampa Bay. Even after resting during the bye week, Allen said this week he didn’t have feeling in his left foot.
“He’s getting better but not to where we need him so he can be effective,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Who knows, maybe in the playoffs you’d play him in his condition. But not now. We’ve got plenty of time. We’ve got a lot of games still left to play.”
With Allen out, the Panthers will start Kony Ealy and Wes Horton at defensive end, with Ryan Delaire and Mario Addison rotating in on obvious passing downs.
Among the Panthers’ other injured players, fullback/tight end Richie Brockel (hamstring) is doubtful and backup offensive lineman Amini Silatolu (ankle) is questionable.
Rivera said he believes Silatolu has recovered enough from a high ankle sprain that he’ll be the No. 3 tackle behind starters Michael Oher and Mike Remmers.