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Will Allen | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
College: Ohio State
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Steelers SS Will Allen exited Week 5 against the Chargers with an ankle injury and will not return.
Allen is Troy Polamalu's replacement after the veteran retired in the offseason. Shamarko Thomas is now in the game next to FS Mike Mitchell. Oct 12 - 9:10 PM

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Steelers SS Will Allen is being evaluated for a concussion.

Allen had a mixed night before going down in Thursday's loss to the Patriots, notching a huge sack of Tom Brady, but also getting scorched by Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. Allen has 10 days to get cleared for Week 2.
Sep 11 - 12:41 AM

Will Allen will be the Steelers' starting strong safety Week 1.

Shamarko Thomas started the final three preseason games, but he gave up several big plays in coverage including a 67-yard touchdown to Bills TE Charles Clay. Allen is a 12-year veteran who started four games for the Steelers last season. The Pittsburgh secondary will be a unit to target.
Sep 6 - 2:58 PM

Steelers re-signed S Will Allen.

Allen made four starts in place of Troy Polamalu last season. He graded out positively in run support by PFF, and returns as veteran depth. Allen will be limited to sub-packages if he makes the final roster.
Apr 10 - 5:27 PM

Will Allen will start at strong safety in place of Troy Polamalu (knee) in Sunday's game against the Jets.

It will be Allen's first start since he was cut by the Cowboys last season. The Steelers secondary will also be relying on the likes of Brice McCain and Antwon Blake as Cortez Allen has been benched. The spot won't get any better for those contemplating Mike Vick as a streamer.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Steelers re-signed S Will Allen to a one-year, $955,000 contract.

Allen was cut by Dallas after five games last year and then joined the Steelers as a nickel/dime safety behind Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. He'll turn 32 in June. As Clark is unlikely to be retained in free agency, Allen could wind up battling sophomore Shamarko Thomas to start at free safety.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Steelers signed S Will Allen.

Allen, 31, will be depth behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. He'll slide in seamlessly after appearing in 46 games for the Steelers between 2010-12. Allen, who signed for the prorated veteran's minimum ($630,000) can also help on special teams.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Free agent S Will Allen was at the Steelers' facility Wednesday.

Allen, 31, was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday. He played for the Steelers from 2010-12, appearing in 46 games. It's unclear if Allen was working out for the team, but the Steelers could use some depth behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. Allen lost his starting job in Dallas to rookie J.J. Wilcox.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 03:29:00 PM

Cowboys released S Will Allen.

The 10-year veteran started in Weeks 1 and 2, but was benched for Week 3. He signed a one-year, $905,000 contract in March. Allen wasn't the reason Monte Kiffin's defense got off to such a horrific start, but he certainly wasn't helping matters. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a deep reserve/special teamer.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Journeyman/special teamer Will Allen opened Cowboys training camp as the starting strong safety.

Your Cowboys starting safeties are Allen and Barry Church, who's coming off a torn Achilles'. It's a huge weakness for a defense that figures to play an awful lot of two-deep safety looks under Tampa 2 guru Monte Kiffin. They still drafted middle-round projected pick Travis Frederick at No. 31 overall, with Johnathan Cyprien and Matt Elam on the board. The Jags and Ravens are grateful.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 02:45:00 PM

ESPN Dallas considers Will Allen the favorite to be the Cowboys' starting free safety.

Allen, 31 on Monday, signed a one-year deal in March, and he has 33 career starts under his belt through nine seasons. The veteran will face competition from second-year S Matt Johnson, but Johnson wasn't overly impressive in OTAs and minicamp. Barry Church has a firm grip on the strong safety spot.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Jun 16, 2013 12:09:00 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with S Will Allen, formerly of the Steelers.

The Cowboys have their veteran safety, and it isn't Michael Huff. Allen, who started seven games a year ago while filling in for an injured Troy Polamalu, will at least push Matt Johnson for the starting free safety job. Johnson missed his entire rookie year due to hamstring injuries while Allen has 130 games of NFL experience.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 11:06:00 AM

Steelers SS Will Allen will continue to fill in for Troy Polamalu (calf).

When Polamalu first went down, the Steelers started Ryan Mundy. That didn't work out, so they turned to the veteran special teamer Allen. He's responded as a run-stuffer, recording 22 tackles in the last four games.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 08:46:00 AM

Steelers S Will Allen (knee) and DE Aaron Smith (triceps) are listed as questionable for Super Bowl XLV.

Smith is a long shot to suit up, but Allen fully intends to be on the field against the Packers. Said Allen, "I'm playing. No way I'll miss my first Super Bowl." The backup safety is a core special teamer for the Steelers.
Sat, Jan 29, 2011 10:23:00 AM

Steelers special teamer Will Allen injured his knee in the second half of Saturday's win over the Ravens and admitted he may miss the AFC Championship Game.

Allen was unable to return to Saturday's game after going down. It's a concern as the backup safety is one of Pittsburgh's top special teamers.
Mon, Jan 17, 2011 10:27:00 AM

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