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Brandon Allen suffered a bone bruise vs. Cowboys

Allen’s fourth-quarter limp has an official diagnosis.

Dallas Cowboys v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

We now know what happened to Brandon Allen.

Late in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bengals’ quarterback suffered a bone bruise on his knee, per NFL insider Tom Pelissero.

The injury occurred during the Bengals’ first drive of the fourth quarter. Allen scrambled for three yards on a third-and-five when he was tackled by two Cowboys defenders short of the line to gain. Two plays later, Allen was hit from behind after completing a short pass to Samaje Perine.

Allen was consistently limping after those two plays, yet he was left out on the field to try and finish the drive. The offense would fail to convert on fourth down on the Cowboys’ 10-yard line thanks to an overthrow from Allen. It’s clear that Allen should’ve been taken out of the game as he was completely immobile and couldn’t put power behind any of his throws.

This was just Allen’s third start this season, but this is the second injury he’s had. He suffered a chest injury a week prior against the Miami Dolphins.

Considering the diagnosis, Allen very well could miss next Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and if he would rather let Ryan Finley take the hits against that defense, we wouldn’t blame him.