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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Allen leaves game with shoulder injury


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen left Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Allen got hit hard in the second quarter on a botched punt attempt. Long snapper Danny Aiken sailed it over Allen’s head and the rookie punter eventually recovered the ball near the goal line. He was steamrolled as he tried to lateral the ball, which went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

Allen booted the ensuing quick kick but was seen grabbing his shoulder on his way off the field. He retreated to the locker room and was replaced by kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who was effective in punting the rest of the way.

Allen is also the holder on field goals. That role went to Tom Brady in the second half.