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Jared Allen will not play Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 25:  Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The chances of Panthers defensive end Jared Allen playing in the NFC title game never looked good and now they’re nonexistent.

Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Allen has been ruled out for the game after breaking a bone in his foot. Rivera said early in the week that the team considered Allen doubtful to play against the Cardinals, although there was some hope that he’d be able to defy that label when he took part in practice on Thursday.

It wasn’t to be, however, and Allen will rest on Sunday. Allen said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, he is “not happy” about Rivera’s call because he feels “ready to rock.”

Should the Panthers win, he’d have two weeks to see if his foot feels well enough for him to make his first appearance in a Super Bowl.

Kony Ealy will get the start in Allen’s place. The 2014 second-round pick made nine starts and played in all 16 games this year. He had 32 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles. Mario Addison could also see more playing time with Allen out of the picture.

Running backs Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker are listed as probable for Sunday along with defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.

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21 Responses to “Jared Allen will not play Sunday”
  1. ariani1985 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:09 PM

    I am sure little erin Rogers is still having nightmares from Jared crushing her feeble little body! Go panthers!

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:17 PM

    That’s a real shame. Always sucks when a player whose been so great much of his career finally gets a shot at the biggest games and can’t play because of injury.

    If the Panthers win I hope he gets back healthy for the SB

  3. v2787 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:17 PM

    I really, really hope the Panthers win. Jared Allen deserves to go to a Super Bowl. He’s a class act.

  4. hawkwind8 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    This might turn out to be the best game of the year.

  5. barneyrumble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:41 PM

    Grew up a Bears fan before the Colts appeared in the capital city one morning, and so can’t stand the Vikings and yet always admired Jared Allen. What he does for Vets outside of football may not be widely known, but is special, and in agreement to a statement above, class act and would be a shame if he never got to the big one.

  6. drewser43 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:49 PM

    big Allen fan from when he was with the Vikings. he is a class act on and off the field. always works hard and is fun to watch hope he gets a ring this year!

  7. only1ringhawkslol says: Jan 22, 2016 12:54 PM

    Rest him for the Superbowl.

  8. qdog112 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:12 PM

    As I predicted yesterday, Rivera signaled this is the way he would go. He is more concerned about having a live body for the duration of the game, rather than someone who’s only goal is to be able to begin the game.

    No brainer and the correct call.

  9. djvh2 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:43 PM

    How sad for a great player and guy. All those years wasted on the Vikings, now he finally gets on a good team and is injured. He deserves a chance to win it all.

  10. phluffyclouds says: Jan 22, 2016 1:45 PM

    Panthers will be better off with fresh legs (feet?) out there. I’m confident in Ealy, CJ, Addison, Delaire

  11. tridecagon says: Jan 22, 2016 1:47 PM

    Jared Allen’s awesome, but Kony Ealy is a baller. They’re gonna be fine. And this game’s gonna be awesome.

  12. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jan 22, 2016 2:10 PM

    Jared Allen is the anti Bill Rothliesberger ….. Packer fan hoping you get your much deserved ring….

  13. junkmtb says: Jan 22, 2016 2:15 PM

    Yeah we kinda knew he wasnt going to play Sunday after a broken bone in his foot…………….

  14. wartface says: Jan 22, 2016 2:27 PM

    Jared Allen is a great baller and a classy guy.

    Unfortunately the Panthers are playing a 13/3 team this week. The Cardinals will play slobber knocker football for the entire 60 minutes. Not just 1 half like both the Panthers & the Seahawks did last week.

    This is the Super Bowl preview… Whoever wins this game will win the Super Bowl.😎

    My prediction is that the Cardinals will win the game with defensive & special teams points.👌

  15. arzcardinals says: Jan 22, 2016 3:05 PM

    Veldheer (Cardinals LT) says, “Darn”

  16. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 3:09 PM

    Kelly’s Chronicles says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:10 PM
    Jared Allen is the anti Bill Rothliesberger ….. Packer fan hoping you get your much deserved ring….


    “Bill” Rothliesberger?


  17. lavamachine says: Jan 22, 2016 3:16 PM

    Very cool guy, outstanding in his day.

    No way he ever gets a shot at a Superbowl with the queens!

    Silly queens Lombardi Trophies are for winners….

  18. h0metownzero says: Jan 22, 2016 3:17 PM

    Love the guy, but he got a little too accustomed to sitting out of the playoffs while with the Vikings.

  19. sphincterorleaveher says: Jan 22, 2016 3:24 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:09 PM
    Kelly’s Chronicles says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:10 PM
    Jared Allen is the anti Bill Rothliesberger ….. Packer fan hoping you get your much deserved ring….


    “Bill” Rothliesberger?



    As in, “send me the Bill, and I’ll pay it if you drop the rape charge” Roethlisberger.

  20. raidernation210 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:26 PM

    oh well

  21. marvin1958 says: Jan 23, 2016 8:24 AM

    Class guy. Hilarious interview. Fantastic athlete. Glad to see him going this far in to the playoffs. I feel bad for the guy getting this far and being unable to play…it’s what a competitor dreams of.

    A messed up … broken foot … is going to keep him out of the Super Bowl if the Panthers win tomorrow…and that just plain sucks. It would be like watching Sir Charles and Donald Driver get hurt and go out of their Super Bowl, only worse … they at least got to play for a while.

    Hang in there Jared.

    Go Pack!!

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