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Tue, 27 Jul 2004 11:29:14 -0700
Joe Schad, of the Palm Beach Post, reports representatives for free agent RB James Allen (Texans) have contacted the Miami Dolphins for a possible tryout with the team. "I got the impression that they are going to take their time," said Steven Mandell, the agent for Allen, who worked out with the club in May." Allen retired before the 2003 season, but has since moved to South Florida from Texas and is close with Dolphins DE Jay Williams.
Fri, 04 Jun 2004 09:13:00 -0700
Updating previous reports, Jason Cole, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins worked out free agent RB James Allen (Houston) Thursday, June 3.
Thu, 03 Jun 2004 08:48:33 -0700
The Sun-Sentinel reports the Miami Dolphins will bring free agent RB James Allen (Texans) for a visit Thursday, June 3. Allen spent last season out of football.
Thu, 28 Aug 2003 13:24:26 -0700
Updating previous reports, Carlton Thompson, of the Houston Chronicle, reports former Houston Texans RB James Allen officially applied for reinstatement in the NFL on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Upon reinstatement, Allen will be placed on recall waivers and can be claimed by any team in the league within 24 hours. After that, he is returned to the Texans. However, the Texans have indicated that they have no interest in bringing him back. Allen would then become a free agent.
Mon, 25 Aug 2003 10:11:15 -0700
Updating previous reports, Joseph Duarte, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB James Allen, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Aug. 10, has declared his interest in returning to football. "He wants to be playing football," Allen's agent Steve Mandell said. "At the time, he looked at his life and made a difficult decision. He's had a quick time to think about what he's doing, and the situation has changed for him when thinking about not playing football. Sometimes it takes being on the outside looking in, especially when you're a young man." Whether or not Allen will stay in Houston is uncertain. "Our total focus has been on the guys that we have here, trying to get them developed and going," head coach Dom Capers said. "When something like that happens, you kind of close that chapter and look to move on."
Sun, 10 Aug 2003 19:57:32 -0700
Houston Texans RB James Allen has retired after playing five NFL seasons, according to Carter Toole of HoustonTexans.com. Allen spent the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears, before joining the Texans in 2002.
Fri, 08 Aug 2003 07:42:40 -0700
Joseph Duarte, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans RB James Allen was excused from practice Thursday, Aug. 7, to attend to personal business. Head coach Dom Capers said he isn't sure if Allen will be available to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. "It just depends on whether he gets it resolved or not," Capers said.
Tue, 13 May 2003 04:48:30 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Texans have re-signed free agent RB James Allen (Texans) to a one-year, $730,000 contract that includes a $200,000 signing bonus.
Thu, 24 Oct 2002 21:12:53 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports it appears the Houston Texans will continue to split the workload at RB between RBs Jonathan Wells and James Allen. "Those guys with their talents might be a little bit more geared with Jonathan being a first- and second-down back and James being a third-down back, and James spelling Jonathan in certain situations," coach Dom Capers said.
Sat, 28 Sep 2002 01:36:48 -0700
According to John Clayton of ESPN.com Houston Texans RB James Allen (shoulder) is expected to start this week's game.
Sun, 22 Sep 2002 17:51:24 -0700
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans RB James Allen (shoulder) suffered a sprained shoulder in Sunday’s game.
Wed, 04 Sep 2002 17:41:56 -0700
According to the Associated Press, Houston Texans coach Dom Capers has named RB James Allen the team's starting RB over rookie RB Jonathan Wells. "You go with the veteran guy opening night coming out of the gate but you'll see Jonathan Wells play a lot," Capers said.
Fri, 30 Aug 2002 12:47:42 -0700
Updating earlier reports, Len Pasquarelli reports for ESPN.com there is a chance rookie RB Jonathan Wells could start for the Houston Texans ahead of RB James Allen.
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 10:03:49 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports no sure-fire starter has emerged for the Houston Texans RB position. Veteran James Allen and rookie Jonathan Wells are battling for the spot. "I'll just say there's no clear-cut distinction on who the starter is going to be," said head coach Dom Capers. "We're going to continue looking at both guys."
Fri, 26 Jul 2002 23:35:08 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans RB James Allen is the favorite to be the opening-day starter at tailback. Head coach Dom Capers said on Friday that he likes Allen's cutting ability.
Sat, 16 Mar 2002 02:14:18 -0800
The Tenneseean reports agent Howard Silber said Friday he is continuing to negotiate with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans for his client, free agent RB Skip Hicks (Titans). Silber expects Tampa Bay to possibly show some interest after losing RB Warrick Dunn. Silber also said the one-year deal RB James Allen signed with the Texans Friday ''doesn't affect any potential deal'' for Hicks with the expansion team.
Fri, 15 Mar 2002 16:10:21 -0800
David Moore reports for Fox Sports RB James Allen spurned other opportunities to sign his one-year, $800,000 contract with the Houston Texans Friday. His deal could bump to $1 million with incentives and it also included a $200,000 signing bonus. Allen should be the undisputed starter for a franchise that will be taking its first steps in 2002. "The Texans made a point of letting us know James was the one they wanted. They played no games in terms of talking to other running backs," said agent Steven Mandell. Allen had a multi-year offer on the table from the Browns and the Buccaneers recently ramped up their interest in him.
Fri, 15 Mar 2002 14:33:40 -0800
Houston Texans.com reports the team has announced the official signing of free agent RB James Allen (Bears).
Fri, 15 Mar 2002 13:22:12 -0800
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent RB James Allen (Bears) to a one-year, $800,000 deal that includes a $200,000 signing bonus.
Thu, 14 Mar 2002 20:58:05 -0800
The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are pursuing free agent RB James Allen (Bears), but they may have to wait on a decision from Allen. He's being pursued by other teams, including Cleveland.
Wed, 13 Mar 2002 16:13:46 -0800
Updating previous reports, ClevelandBrowns.com reports the Cleveland Browns hosted free agent RB James Allen (Bears) on Wednesday.
Wed, 13 Mar 2002 09:39:44 -0800
The Canton Repository reports free agent RB James Allen (Bears) is expcted to visit with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday. "Cleveland has a great system in place,'' said Steve Mandell, Allen's representative. "The coaching staff is terrific. It's an attractive place for James. He would offer the Browns a very versatile back who is a tremendous locker room guy.'' He could be the feature back in Cleveland, depending on what the team does in April's NFL Draft.
Fri, 08 Mar 2002 22:53:14 -0800
The Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Texans, as expected, visited with free agent RB James Allen (Bears), TE Stephen Alexander (Redskins) and DT Brandon Mitchell (Patriots). All three expressed a strong desire to play for the Texans.
Wed, 06 Mar 2002 21:47:19 -0800
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have been in contact with free agent QB Chris Chandler (Falcons), but there is not word yet on a potential visit. Free agent LB Greg Jones (Bears) and WR Bobby Shaw (Steelers) will visit the Texans Thursday. Free agent RB James Allen (Bears) and TE Stephen Alexander (Redskins) are expected in town Friday.
Mon, 04 Mar 2002 22:26:25 -0800
According to the Houston Chronicle, free agent LB Warrick Holdman (Bears) canceled his scheduled visit with the Houston Texans. He will visit the Texans at a later time. He is going to Cleveland Tuesday, where the Browns are expected to make the restricted free agent an offer. Free agent RB James Allen (Bears) is due in Texas Thursday. "Our timetable to get something done is to do the right thing at the right time," said Steve Mandell, Allen's agent.
Sun, 09 Dec 2001 08:39:42 -0800
FOX Sports Net reports both Chicago Bears RBs Anthony Thomas (hamstring) and James Allen will be utilized during today's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Fri, 07 Dec 2001 15:45:43 -0800
ESPN's John Clayton reports Chicago Bears RB Anthony Thomas (hamstring) practiced again on Friday and was upgraded from questionable to probable. Thomas and RB James Allen split reps in practice this week but Thomas is expected to get the starting nod. However, Allen is also expected to see plenty of playing time after gaining 200-yards rushing the past two games.
Thu, 06 Dec 2001 20:14:36 -0800
John Clayton reports for ESPN Chicago Bears RBs Anthony Thomas and James Allen split snaps during practice Thursday. If Thomas (hamstring) is completely healthy, and it looks like he is close, he is expected to start but Allen is expected to see more action than normal. DE Bryan Robinson (knee) missed practice again today, but he could return tomorrow and then play Sunday.
Tue, 04 Dec 2001 21:47:44 -0800
The Chicago Tribune's John Mullin reports Chicago Bears rookie RB Anthony Thomas (hamstring) will test his strained hamstring in full-speed practice tomorrow. Thomas showed progress last week in practice but appeared reluctant to let go completely on the injury. "He doesn't want to open it up; we can't play him that way and don't want to," said coach Dick Jauron. Once again, if Thomas can't play, RB James Allen will get the call.
Thu, 22 Nov 2001 20:13:24 -0800
John Mullin reports for the Chicago Tribune Chicago Bears RB Anthony Thomas (hamstring) and LT Blake Brockermeyer (knee) did not practice Thursday. Brockermeyer is expected to play, but Thomas remains questionable. "We are banged up a little bit on offense," said coordinator John Shoop. The team does not expect to change its offense even if RB James Allen has to take over for Thomas. "There's a few things that we do," Shoop said. "Our offense doesn't change from week to week or from guy to guy."
Thu, 22 Nov 2001 09:10:43 -0800
The Chicago Sun Times reports Chicago Bears RB Anthony Thomas (hamstring/turf toe) said he was feeling a lot better on Wednesday despite missing the practice with a hamstring injury. Thomas is expected to test his hamstring on Thursday, but said he thinks he'll be ready to play this weekend. If he couldn't, veteran James Allen would replace him in the starting lineup.
Mon, 22 Oct 2001 11:43:06 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Dick Jauron stated the team plans to work in both RBs Anthony Thomas and James Allen into the game each week. As reported, the team plans to continue going with the "hot back" each week, meaning they'll give the majority of the carries to the back that's doing the best during the game. The team doesn't name their starting back until Wednesday.
Sun, 21 Oct 2001 21:24:31 -0700
John Mullin reports for the Chicago Tribune the Chicago Bears are expected to continue to use both RBs James Allen and rookie Anthony Thomas in a rotation situation in their backfield. As reported earlier, the "hot back" for that particular game should see the most carries that day. Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop confirmed he wants to stick with the two-back, alternating tandem. "We will continue to use them both," Shoop said. "Anthony did a great job today, though."
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 05:35:03 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop said both RBs James Allen and Anthony Thomas will continue to see time together during the game throughout the season. The two combined for 133 yards on 29 carries on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Tue, 09 Oct 2001 08:44:45 -0700
As an update to last night's story, the Sun Times reports Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron said RB James Allen would retain his starting role this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, but the end of the line seems to be coming for Allen, who will be a free agent after the season. ''We'll stay with James,'' Jauron said. ''I have great confidence in James. That being said, Anthony will be in there. He's going to play more.''
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 22:44:19 -0700
John Mullin reports for the Chicago Tribune Chicago Bears rookie RB Anthony Thomas has apparently moved another step closer to unseating James Allen as the team's No. 1 RB. Coaches on Sunday scripted Thomas into selected series rather than dropping him in on plays based on down and distance, field position or play selection. Thomas was replacing Allen for that possession, not simply enabling Allen to rest. It will happen again in future games as well. Thomas, who missed most of training camp with a knee injury sustained at the end of the first pre-season game, won't be starting just yet. That injury may be the reason he isn't starting yet.
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 07:31:03 -0700
The Chicago Sun Times reports Chicago Bears rookie RB Anthony Thomas ran with conviction on Sunday, rushing 11 times for 57 yards; including a 32-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. ``The more I play the better I am going to get," Thomas said. RB James Allen's struggles continued, as he was only able to rush 12 times for 27 yards. Thomas' good game may have been enough to start a RB controversy.
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 22:36:34 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears rookie RB Anthony Thomas is expected to see more carries on Sunday. "You don't know what's going to happen, but we plan on Anthony being a part of our offense," coach Dick Jauron said. James Allen carried 21 times against the Ravens and remains the starter, but Thomas is prepared for his time. Thomas appears to have recovered from a knee injury sustained during training camp.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 09:19:22 -0700
The Sun Times reports now that RB James Allens seems to have secured the starting RB job for the Chicago Bears, backups Marlon Barnes and Skip Hicks will resume their battle for the top backup spot tonight against Arizona. Both are unlikely to make the team behind Allen and second-round draft pick Anthony Thomas. "I've got to progress in this game to progress with this team," said Hicks. RB coach Earle Mosley said Barnes will get the first look after Allen and the first team are finished. The first team on both sides of the ball will not play more than a quarter. Hicks will also share kick-returning duties with Jerry Azumah to start the game.
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 07:29:41 -0700
ChicagoBears.com reports Chicago Bears RB James Allen (ankle/hip) is expected to be 100 percent by the season opener. Head coach Dick Jauron said Allen was on schedule, but was a bit rusty against the Chiefs.
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 05:04:52 -0700
The Chicago Sun Times reports Chicago Bears RB James Allen (ankle/hip) returned to the field over the weekend and rushed for 13 yards on 6 carries. Allen was rusty after missing some games and practice recently. RB Skip Hicks continued to see plenty of carries, too, as he rushed 14 times for 38 yards.
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:50:52 -0700
Jimmy Greenfield reports for ChicagoSports.com Chicago Bears projected starting RB James Allen returned to practice today and declared he was 85 percent recovered from a hip flexor injury. He wouldn't agree that a comment from coach Dick Jauron hastened his return. Jauron had said Allen would "have to practice to play." Rookie RB Anthony Thomas remains sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. RBs Marlon Barnes and Skip Hicks are expected to see a lot of action in Saturday night's game at Kansas City, but Jauron also plans to get Allen into the game for six to 12 carries.
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 21:29:46 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears RB James Allen remained out of practice again Tuesday with a hip flexor. His absence has given backup RB Skip Hicks a chance to move up the team's depth chart. He has moved to the brink of taking the No. 1 RB job after rushing for 48 yards Saturday night at Tennessee.
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 19:46:48 -0700
John Mullin reports for the Chicago Tribune Chicago Bears S Tony Parrish (shoulder) did not practice on Monday and was replaced by Larry Whigham. DT Ted Washington (ankle) also did not practice. RBs James Allen (hip flexor) and Anthony Thomas (knee) remained on the sidelines, neither participating in any drills. Coaches are not pleased with Allen's unavailability. Injuries at TE may force the Bears to try FB Scott Dragos at TE.
Thu, 09 Aug 2001 19:13:17 -0700
The team's official site reports Chicago Bears RB Marlon Barnes is expected to start this weekend's pre-season game in place of James Allen (strained hip flexor). Barnes and RB Skip Hicks are slated to split time in the first half Saturday against the Titans, with Hicks and Brian Edwards sharing the workload in the second half. Rookie Anthony Thomas is out with a sore right knee. If Allen remains sidelined for any considerable length of time, Barnes could be battling Hicks for the starting job rather than the No. 2 position.
Tue, 07 Aug 2001 19:02:06 -0700
Jimmy Greenfield reports for ChicagoSports.com Chicago Bears G Chris Villarrial left practice on Tuesday with a stinger. DTs Robert Newkirk (left ankle) and Henry Taylor (left groin) both have nagging injuries suffered in Saturday's game. RB James Allen (left ankle) sat out another day of practice but coach Dick Jauron said he may return on Wednesday.
Tue, 07 Aug 2001 06:16:12 -0700
The Daily Southtown reports the Chicago Bears expect RB James Allen (ankle and calf) to return to practice this week. Allen was uncertain whether he would be available for Saturday's pre-season game against Tennessee. CB Walt Harris returned to the team after a family situation. His niece passed away from a rare disease. Harris is glad to be back with the team.
Thu, 02 Aug 2001 17:28:39 -0700
Jimmy Greenfield reports for ChicagoSports.com the Chicago Bears will hold the following players out of this weekend's pre-season game for a variety of reasons: CB Walt Harris, DL Mike Wells, DL Keith Traylor, G Rex Tucker, OL Blake Brockermeyer, RB James Allen, OL Mike Gandy, QB Jim Miller, LB Warrick Holdman and WR Marcus Robinson. Harris is still attending to a family medical emergency while the others are all nursing injuries.
Wed, 01 Aug 2001 10:32:17 -0700
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, if Chicago Bears RB James Allen, who is questionable with a sore ankle, can't play in Saturday's pre-season opener, it is likely the team will use a four-man rotation. Marlon Barnes will be paired with Skip Hicks for a half while rookie Anthony Thomas and Brian Edwards will team for a half in the backfield.
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 18:09:35 -0700
Jimmy Greenfield reports for ChicagoSports.com Chicago Bears RB James Allen missed practice on Tuesday with a sore ankle. He will likely miss more practice and possibly Saturday's game.