When the 2019 starting center Brian Allen fell to injury last season, his leg was badly hurt. The road to coming back was long, painful, and demanding In the midst of his rehab, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to self-quarantine. That disrupted his rehabilitation schedule, and in turn, delayed his ability to put on the pads.
Whether or not Allen would have been in-the-mix to start at center this year had he been ready to train with his teammates is certainly a question that we will likely never know the answer to. But his opportunity to start in the center position for 2020 seems to have pulled away from the station.
The way things turn out can be curious sometimes. A competitive NFL player will push hard to perform, even if he is not 100 percent. Brian Allen may not be back to full health just yet, but he’s competitive. The flip side is that even before his injury, he struggled a lot on blitzes, did not really get much push on running plays,
A year of training, healing, getting stronger, and preparing mentally can be a huge blessing in disguise. In the meantime, the Rams have Austin Blythe under contract for this season. By next year? The Rams will look at the center once more.