2. Keenan Allen’s ability to stay on the field
Injuries were a huge problem in Allen’s first few years in the league. After the ACL tear in 2016, some wondered if he would ever truly break out again. The perception of him being injury-prone still lurks around in the national media today. It’s a totally unfair and unjust assertion, given the last three years of his career.
Allen has played 48 games in his last three seasons. By my calculations, that ends up being 16 games a year. Other than some freakish injuries in 2015 and 2016, Allen has been able to stay on the field for the majority of his career. The injury-prone narrative doesn’t hold up, especially after his recent seasons.
Even when you include the 2015 kidney laceration and the 2016 ACL tear, Allen has played 86 out of a possible 112 games. That’s 77% of games played even with two season-ending injuries.
Looking at last season and the past few, it’s every Chargers’ receiver other than Allen that has struggled with health. Mike Williams played 15 games last year, but Chargers fans remember the back issues and neck issues he had at the start of his career.
Last year, ever receiver but Allen and Williams went down with some kind of injury. Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, and Geremy Davis all suffered injuries that landed them on IR.
Allen could easily get injured again, as football is a violent game. But at this current moment, describing him as injury-prone is just blatantly inaccurate. The Chargers should not take that into their decision to give him an extension.