Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Beau Allen suffered a pectoral injury, that is expected to require surgery, while working out Thursday and could be sidelined four to six months, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
This is bad news for the Eagles and for the 25-year-old Allen, who is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract. The Eagles had already begun work toward extending Allen earlier this offseason.
Allen, who is entering his fourth season with the club, was vying for a starting role after Bennie Logan departed during free agency.
While it was unlikely Allen was going to be the starter after the team traded for Tim Jernigan, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likes to use a rotation along his defensive line. Allen played 28 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps last year and even started three games for an injured Logan.
Allen’s injury could force the Eagles to prioritize adding a defensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft.