Vikings' Allen not worried about Bears' retaliation
December 5, 2012, 1:40 pm
Jared Allen won’t be looking over his shoulder – or down at his knees – any more than usual when he sees the Bears next Sunday.
It was the Vikings defensive end who leveled guard Lance Louis and ended Louis’ season with a knee injury that has had the Bears organization scrambling on the offensive line ever since. Throwing a block after a teammate’s interception of Jay Cutler, Allen hit Louis high but in such a way that Louis suffered a season-ending knee injury.
But that play was on the fifth snap of the second half and if the Bears were going to exact any sort of retaliatory retribution, it likely would have happened at some point in the game’s remaining 28 minutes. So Allen is not expecting the Bears to go after him with intent to injure.
“If they had a chance to retaliate during the game [and didn’t], like I said, there is nothing to retaliate,” Allen said on Wednesday. “It wasn’t malicious. It wasn’t done out of ill will. We had interception. A guy was running towards our guy to make a tackle and I threw a block.”
Allen sought out offensive coordinator Mike Tice and left tackle J’Marcus Webb after the game to inquire whether Louis was all right. When the answer was “no,” it was not what Allen wanted to hear.
“My condolences are to him,” Allen said. “The intent is never to hurt anybody. You never want to hurt anybody. Unfortunately, that’s part of our game and it happened. But you don’t go into a game wandering what if…. I play this game pure. My integrity of this game to me, I don’t worry about.”
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