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Saints LB Allen out for season

NEW ORLEANS (May 24, 2006) -- New Orleans Saints linebacker James Allen will miss the upcoming season after rupturing a tendon in his knee.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that Allen was participating in non-contact drills at the team's suburban training headquarters May 23 when he ruptured his right patella tendon.

The injury requires surgery, which was performed May 24, Loomis said.

Allen played only three games in 2005, also because of knee problems. He was drafted out of Oregon State by New Orleans in the third round in 2002.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound defender started nine games in 2004, making a career-high 51 tackles, along with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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