Wednesday's NFL: Chargers' Allen out vs. Chiefs because of hamstring injury
Costa Mesa, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been declared out for Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a hamstring injury.
Allen sustained the injury during the first half of Sunday's 24-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen said he felt a slight pull and the hamstring tightened after he planted his foot to the turf during the second quarter. Despite only seeing 22 snaps, he led the Chargers with 66 receiving yards and was tied for the lead in catches with four.
Coach Brandon Staley on Tuesday said Allen's injury “is going to take some time.” Allen is in his 10th season and has caught at least 95 passes the past five years, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
Joshua Palmer is expected to get the start in place of Palmer and DeAndre Carter is likely to see increased playing time. Both had three catches against the Raiders while Carter had a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 17-3 lead at halftime.
Tight end Donald Parham will miss his second straight game also because of a hamstring injury.
Cornerback J.C. Jackson could make his Chargers debut after undergoing ankle surgery three weeks ago. Jackson is listed as questionable after being limited in practice for the second straight day. Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract during the offseason.
“I think he’s headed in the right direction, but I think there is still a lot to be decided before game time on Thursday night,” Staley said.
NFL's probe into Commanders, Dan Snyder still ongoing
The NFL’s investigation into Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is still ongoing, and his status remains unchanged.
League executive Jeff Miller said Wednesday there’s no timeline for completion of Mary Jo White’s investigation, which includes new allegations stemming from a congressional committee probe into the team’s history of workplace misconduct.
When former employees of Washington’s NFL team first complained in 2020 about rampant sexual harassment by team executives, the team hired attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm to investigate. The league took over that probe and Wilkinson reported her findings to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFL fined Snyder $10 million and he temporarily ceded day-to-day operations of the franchise to his wife, Tanya. Wilkinson’s findings have not been released publicly, and leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have pressed the league to turn over details of that probe.
“The Commissioner said it. I think this remains the status quo, then he’ll have a discussion with Dan at the appropriate time. And again, those findings haven’t been made to us yet,” said Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president communications, public affairs & policy.
In July, Snyder testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight for more than 10 hours in a deposition conducted virtually and in private.
Snyder testified a month after Goodell appeared before the committee via Zoom to discuss the Washington team’s workplace culture and the league’s investigation into it. Snyder was invited to testify at the same hearing and, through a lawyer, declined.
The committee launched this investigation last year after the league did not release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings.
Steelers running back Najee Harris expects to be available when Pittsburgh welcomes New England on Sunday.
Harris injured his left foot late in last week's 23-20 overtime victory over Cincinnati and was replaced by rookie undrafted free agent Jaylen Warren. Harris' leg was heavily wrapped in the aftermath, but he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
The injury, whatever it is, does not appear related to the foot issue Harris had at the beginning of training camp.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Harris had his foot stepped on, though Harris later told reporters it was a Lisfranc injury that took about six weeks to heal.
... Giants starting cornerback Aaron Robinson had his appendix removed on Wednesday and he will miss New York's home opener this weekend against the Carolina Panthers.
Giants coach Brian Daboll informed reporters of the surgery before practice. He would not say who will start for Robinson, noting there will be a competition at practice this week and a decision will be made Friday.