Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the NFL has fined Vikings defensive end Jared Allen for the low hit that has knocked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub out of action for several weeks. But Allen isn’t talking about the amount of the fine.
“Yeah, I did,” Allen said when asked if he was fined. “But I’m going to avoid all questions on that right now until after my appeal. We’ll see how it works out.”
In an arguable bit of karma, Allen likely will miss Sunday’s showdown against the Packers due to a shoulder injury that he suffered against the Texans. He is listed as doubtful.
Another guy who might end up getting a fine is Texans tackle Eric Winston, who in a recent radio appearance on Sports Radio 610 in Houston questioned the decision of the officials not to penalize Allen for roughing the passer.
“The worst part is the fact it wasn’t even flagged,” Winston said, calling the decision not to penalize Allen “ridiculous.”
Winston also said that, if he and his teammates had realized that Allen had hit Schaub low, there would have been retaliation.
“If we would’ve known what we know now, some of us probably would have taken a fine or ejection to get back at him,” Winston said.
We think Allen got off easy. If the league’s goal is to ensure that a 32-team league with less than 32 good quarterbacks can provide entertaining football games each week, Allen’s dive at Schaub’s leg should have resulted in a one-week suspension.
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