Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last season and was expected to have a long road to recovery ahead, but it looks like he’ll be ready by the start of the season.

Allen gave Falcons’ reporter, Will McFadden an update saying he’s “right on schedule” with his shoulder rehab.

However, he said he can’t do a push-up yet.

Allen Played a Key Role for Falcons Defense Improvement

After the team lost Keanu Neal for 2019, Allen’s role at safety became vital for the already diminishing Falcons defense. Allen did his part and set a personal best in passes defended and had the second-best mark of his career in tackles. Allen was a key part of the Falcons’ improvement moving from the 28th to 22nd in pass defense between 2018 and 2019.

As a team captain, Allen finished the 2019 Falcons season recording 84 tackles, eight pass deflections, and two interceptions. He played all 16 regular-season games.