It was a busy Tuesday for the San Diego Chargers, who placed three players on the reserve-injured list and signed three more.
The team also released return specialist Jacoby Jones, who signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract in March. He had minus-4 punt return yards through five returns.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, as will running back Branden Oliver and outside linebacker Tourek Williams. The team promoted wide receiver Javontee Herndon and cornerback Greg Ducre from the practice squad and also re-signed center J.D. Walton.
Head coach Mike McCoy announced Monday that Allen suffered a kidney injury while falling hard to the ground after making an impressive touchdown catch to end the first half of the Ravens game. It was said that he would "miss some time." Tuesday, we learned how much.
Allen underwent a procedure to stop the bleeding of his lacerated kidney and is expected to make a full recovery. His health is the biggest concern here, as a lacerated kidney could easily cause major complications if not treated properly. Of secondary importance is his season, which was on tap to becoming a historic one for the third-year wide receiver, whose 67 receptions over eight games are third-most in NFL history. Allen's season ends with 67 catches, 725 yards and four touchdowns.
Oliver suffered a toe injury in Baltimore and was seen Monday at Chargers Park using crutches and a walking boot on his right foot. His season ends with 220 yards on 44 touches. It's expected the team will use reserve running back Donald Brown in Oliver's absence. Brown has not yet played a snap this season.
OLB Williams suffered a foot injury in early August and was kept on the roster in hopes of a recovery. Though he returned to practice (limited) last week, he still felt pain and expressed frustrations with his progress.
This will be Herndon's first time on an active roster after spending last season, and the beginning of this one, on the team's practice squad.