NFL Legend Joe Theismann on Kyle Allen Injury: November Is ‘Lousy Month for Washington QBs’

by Chris Haney

On Sunday, Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen exited the game against the New York Giants after a horrific ankle injury, and now, former Washington great Joe Theismann has reacted.

Theismann played quarterback for Washington during the ’70s and ’80s. The former player famously suffered a career-ending leg injury in 1985. Ironically, his injury came in the same month as Allen’s injury, and against the Giants, as well.

During the first quarter, Allen hiked the ball and immediately had to scramble to the right of the pocket. Allen’s offensive line collapsed under the Giants’ defensive pressure, forcing the quarterback to improvise. Giants safety Jabrill Peppers was blocked, but rolled to the ground and ended up tripping Allen. The quarterback’s ankle got caught behind Peppers’ knee and immediately twists at a right angle. Peppers got up to finish the play as he jumped on Allen who was clearly in pain after the play.

Allen likely dislocated his ankle on the play. If so, the injury may keep the quarterback out for the rest of the NFL season.

Washington Has a History of QB Injuries in November

Quarterback Alex Smith replaced Allen after the injury. In 2018, Smith suffered his own gruesome leg injury while playing for Washington. In addition, a post-surgery infection almost forced doctors to amputate his leg to save his life. Smith’s injury occurred in November, as well.

The irony was not lost on Theismann who took to Twitter to note the historically bad month for Washington quarterbacks.

“November is a lousy month for Washington QBs,” Theismann tweeted.

Theismann’s horrific broken leg injury in November of 1985 is arguably the most well-known injury in NFL history. Defensive legend Lawrence Taylor blitzed the quarterback and sacked Theismann on the play. However, the QB suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula on the play that forced Theismann to retire at 36.

In 2005, Theismann spoke to The Washington Post about the career-ending play.

“Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain,” Theismann recalled. “I remember looking up and seeing [team trainer Bubba Tyer] being on my left side. I looked at him and said, ‘Please call my mom and tell her I’m okay.’ Joe was kneeling on my right side. He’s looking at me and he says, ‘You mean so much to this club, and now you’ve left me in one heck of a mess.'”