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Alabama football could get edge rusher, Christopher Allen, back for CFP

Christopher Allen working drills at OLB in practice for Alabama
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama’s defense might be getting a huge boost for the College Football Playoff.

Christopher Allen, a fifth-year senior, has missed 12 games since the season opener. The 6-foot-4, 242-pounder recorded three tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery versus Miami. He sustained a foot injury in the matchup, and has missed time since.

Allen had a dynamic season in 2020 with 41 tackles, 13 tackles for loss (team-high), six sacks, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches. Allen helped the Crimson Tide secure an undefeated national championship season. Could the veteran edge rusher return to action for the playoff?

Alabama does not have an update on when Allen could return. According to close sources, Touchdown Alabama Magazine learned Allen sported a boot on his foot in Sunday’s awards banquet for the Tide. Sources say he might be in action for the CFP, but we will have to wait and see. Jaylen Waddle had an ankle injury versus Tennessee in 2020 but came back for the CFP National Championship Game versus Ohio State. The same scenario is in the cards for Allen, but we will see what happens.

He has not practiced since the injury.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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