Keenan Allen to miss spring practice

It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about what Keenan Allen might do following the 2012 football season.

Oh wait, that was yesterday.

The Cal wide receiver is back in the news today after coach Jeff Tedford tweeted that Allen would get ankle surgery Thursday and miss all of spring practice.

Allen apparently injured the ankle — to what extent we don't know ... enough to require surgery though — playing basketball. Tedford was aware of the injury when he talked to the media on a conference call Monday. But in his defense, he didn't know the extent of it until Tuesday night after Allen had met with the team's medical staff. No one asked if Keenan Allen had developed any non-football related injuries in the off season so there was no need for Tedford to bring it up unsolicited. Fair enough.

This shouldn't be too much of a concern for Cal fans. Tedford said that Allen probably wasn't going to get much work in the spring anyway. He doesn't exactly need it. He was one of the top wide receivers in the conference last season and I'm guessing the folks on the coaching staff have a pretty good idea what he can do. As Tedford noted on Monday, spring ball will be more about developing depth at the wide receiver spot and getting a look at who could supplement Allen's production — which included 98 catches, 1,343 yards and six touchdowns.

Tedford said he'll be back in time for summer workouts and fall camp. At this point, it doesn't seem like anything too worrisome. But it's worth keeping an eye on when spring stretches into summer.