Nate Allen: I'll be ready by summer

Nate Allen said he plans to be "100 percent" by training camp - if there is one. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Eagles rookie safety Nate Allen said he'll be ready to play by the time training camp rolls around -- if there is a training camp.

Allen, recovering from a torn patella tendon, said he will be "100 percent" by the time training camp is usually held, late July.

He might not be ready by mini-camps -- again, if those happen -- but will be ready to run and cut by that time, which is usually around April.

Allen is right now working on his flexibility and strength -- doing body-weight squats and walking in a pool -- at the NovaCare complex. He's there from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Complicating his recovery is the potential NFL lock-out. If it happens, he will be barred from having any contact with the team. Allen said he hopes to get a complete rehabilitation schedule through June or July so he can keep working on it on his own, even though the cost will have to come out of the rookie's pocket. He plans to work out with private trainers in Arizona.

Allen said he had saved his money, just in case.

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