It is a week of footsteps but Armando Allen, who has heard them pretty much every year of the last three, is working to focus on what is rather than what isn’t.
Allen has himself a struggle gaining the upper roster hand on Michael Ford for the No. 3 running back position that Allen held last season. Allen, with 12 yards in three carries vs. Carolina, was back practicing on Monday after missing the last two games with a hamstring strain
That injury could scarcely have come at a worse time, when he was looking to seal up a roster spot as the No. 3 running back.
“I don’t really look at it like that,” Allen said. “I’ve wanted to go out there and compete with my teammates so I’m not really thinking about that.”
Players do not lose their jobs because of injury; they lose them because the player who steps into their role plays better than they had been.
Ford has filled in for Allen to the point of rushing for 101 yards in 30 carries, scoring twice and returning nine kickoffs an average of 35.3 yards.
“You definitely got to take advantage of those [opportunities],” Ford said. “But being a team man, I hope he comes back and he gets to get in that rotation and keep fighting and fighting just like me.”