Late in the 19-7 defeat, Allen was knocked out of the game after being sacked for the fifth time in the game. After leaving the field, the Bengals quickly announced that Allen was out for the rest of the game, a concerning sign that his injury may be serious.
But after the game, Allen told reporters he simply had the wind knocked out of him and should be fine moving forward.
Brandon Allen shows up to Zoom. Says he's OK: "It was just my wind and I knew what it was had done it before. Trying to get words out I was fine but wasn’t able to get my breath back for a while there. Couldn’t really spit out those words."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 6, 2020
While Allen is no Burrow, he’s still done better in his first two starts than Ryan Finley has at any point of his pro career. Allen is also making a case to be the Bengals’ backup next season, though I’d imagine the Bengals will try to add another quarterback if they don’t think Burrow will be ready Week 1.
As long as Allen is healthy, we should expect to see him start for the remainder of the season. But if he can’t go in Week 14 vs. the Cowboys, the Bengals will likely turn to Finley, though they also have Kevin Hogan on the practice squad.