Allen Out Six Weeks With Fracture

05/13/02 LandSharks Press Release
The Lake Charles LandSharks received the news they feared today, as x-rays revealed a broken bone in running back Byron Allen’s left ankle. Team officials say Allen’s fibula, the small bone of the lower leg, is broken.

Allen was injured in the first quarter of the LandSharks’ 26-15 victory over the defending NIFL champion Mississippi FireDogs Saturday night in Biloxi.

Team officials believe Allen will be sidelined a minimum of six weeks, and depending on rehabilitation success, the injury may mean Allen will miss the rest of the season.

In helping the LandSharks to a 7-0 start this season, Allen had rushed for 212 yards on 60 carries, scoring four touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 89 yards and two scores.

Allen was a major reason for the LandSharks’ victory in Alexandria last week, rushing for 57 yards on 18 carries and helping the offense control the clock against the Louisiana Rangers.

The LandSharks’ coaching staff is looking for potential replacements for Allen. Tony Citizen is the only other running back on the roster and he will assume a more prominent role in the offense in Allen’s absence.

The LandSharks return home Saturday after a two-game road trip to take on the Oklahoma Crude at 7pm. LandSharks officials will be highly visible in the community in the next several days, hoping for a large crowd to welcome the team home to celebrate their 7-0 start.

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