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Carolina Panthers: Jared Allen is Doubtful for NFC Conference Championship Game

Jared Allen suffered a foot injury against the Seattle Seahawks and he is unlikely to play Sunday in the NFC Conference Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The big injury news coming out of the Carolina Panthers victory over the Seattle Seahawks was that defensive end Jared Allen suffered a broken foot. That was confirmed by an MRI today however it may not be the end of the season as Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones tweeted out that head coach Ron Rivera listed him as doubtful.

Allen was able to finish the game with the injury against the Seahawks but that certainly isn't an indication of his availability against the Cardinals. As Jones tweeted, Allen is going to try and play through but is listed as day-to-day.

If Allen is not able to play, the coaching staff is going to have plenty of options to replace him. Second-year defensive end Kony Ealy would most likely get the start as he was the starter earlier in the season when Charles Johnson was on injured reserve.

Another option would be Mario Addison, who has been the most productive defensive end over the past seven games with three sacks. He also was the player who got pressure on the second interception thrown by Russell Wilson. However, Addison is more of a pass rushing specialist and is used primarily on passing downs.

The Panthers would then most likely activate Ryan Delaire as well, who was inactive against the Seahawks. The team also has defensive end Wes Horton on the practice squad, who started a game for them earlier this year. However, the team would need to make a roster to move to bring Horton up from practice squad. They would be able to create a roster spot if Allen is placed on injured reserve with the foot injury.

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