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Jared Allen fined $21,000 for season-ending hit

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Bears guard Lance Louis is out for the season, and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is out about 3 percent of a game check.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Allen was fined $21,000 for last week’s hit on the Bears guard, which left Louis with a torn ACL. Allen’s weekly game checks are just over $683,000.

Allen said he wasn’t trying to hurt Louis on the interception return by teammate Antoine Winfield, although replays showed him leaving his feet before the hit.

“I thought it was a legal hit. He’s running to make a tackle, so I just made a block,” Allen said. “I turned around, he was trying to make a tackle, and I threw myself into him. Just trying to make a block, just like we’re taught.

“I’m never trying to hurt anybody. I’m trying to make a block and spring our guy. It’s unfortunate.”

Louis was essentially the best blocker on a bad offensive line, and the Bears signed veteran Andre Gurode for depth in his absence.

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38 Responses to “Jared Allen fined $21,000 for season-ending hit”
  1. beedubyatoo says: Nov 28, 2012 5:10 PM

    Now are you happy, Lovie?

  2. beefbus says: Nov 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    Less than Suh? This is a travesty and a slap in the face of Louis. 3% of his weekly check is like taking a dime from mine.

  3. snaponrules says: Nov 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    JA should have to sit the rest of the year as well. A whopping 3% of your single game check for ending a guys season on a cheap shot is doing nothing but promoting the cheap shots.
    Make them start missing games and game checks equal to the amount of time the injured person is out would bring these cheap shots to a sudden stop.

  4. vikingsvoice says: Nov 28, 2012 5:35 PM

    He shouldn’t have left his feet, but blocks like that happen all the time in the NFL. Louis’ fault for not keeping his head on a swivel if the ball is still live.

  5. briggsisbrokeagain says: Nov 28, 2012 5:35 PM

    Not enough money.

  6. purpleguy says: Nov 28, 2012 5:54 PM

    Blocking the guy was okay, but leaving his feet wasn’t — the fine was deserved. However, for any Bears fans (or Pack fans trolling and pretending to be), I wonder how much outrage they would have had if Urlacher had done the same thing to Kalil or why no outrage over Briggs making a similar hit on Rudolph.

  7. phuriousjorge says: Nov 28, 2012 5:57 PM

    I’ll say it again…If you disable a player on a cheap/illegal hit, you have to sit out as long as they do.

  8. 91devinhester23 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:03 PM

    karma wagon coming around for jared allen in 2 weeks

  9. hyzers says: Nov 28, 2012 6:04 PM

    Maybe next time Louis will keep his head on a swivel like they teach all Pop Warner players.

  10. purpblooded says: Nov 28, 2012 6:11 PM

    Allen doesn’t have a history of dirty plays, he just got a little too aggresive.

  11. khmer379 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    Maybe if the bears QB didnt flick ball at opposing CB after play was done and rubbing it in by going for two point conversion when they were alredy up 17 points then maybe Allen wouldnt had to end your best linemen season just keeping real bears fan cause i would of done the same if i was allen

  12. monsterofyourgirlsmidway says: Nov 28, 2012 6:15 PM

    Wow. Must be nice to be goodell’s butt buddy. He ends someone’s season on an illegal blind side hit and only gets 21 k? Ndamukong Suh inadvertently kicked schaub in the balls and gets fined 30 k. See something wrong here?

  13. jrmbadger says: Nov 28, 2012 6:19 PM

    So wait, Allen gets a 21k fine, but yet Matthew Stafford gets nothing for doing exactly the same thing the week before? #NFLdoublestandard

  14. tindeaux says: Nov 28, 2012 6:22 PM

    just a reminder to mr allen that lance louis’ knee is just a valuable as tom brady’s knees.

  15. vikingsnorth says: Nov 28, 2012 6:25 PM

    beefbus says:
    Nov 28, 2012 5:29 PM
    Less than Suh? This is a travesty and a slap in the face of Louis. 3% of his weekly check is like taking a dime from mine.

    ———————————————

    So, you make $3.30 a week?! Pfffft!

  16. wethog66 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:26 PM

    Would like to say I am surprised by this tiny fine for Allen, but I am not.

    I played the game and I can appreciate tough/hard hits and blocks that are within the rules, but Allen’s hit was unnecessary and appears to be a deliberate attempt to seriously hurt another player. One of my favorite players of all time, Sean Taylor, performed a similar unnecessary hit on that poor Punter in the pro-bowl.

    Just don’t understand the point of laying someone out like that. Yeah Louis should of had his head up, but getting put on IR is a way over the top price to pay to learn not to do that.

    Allen could of dialed it back a bit and still put a nice/hard hit on Louis that would of got Allen, or Louis, featered on ESPN.

    Keep your own head up, Allen, because someone will pay you back nicely for this hit if the opportunity ever presents itself.

  17. tecmobowl34 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:28 PM

    Khmer379

    A guy deserves to have his season ended and career altered because you think the Bears were running up the score??? In the first half? Wow.

    So if the Bears just would have let Allen get a sack or maybe didn’t at just so hard, Allen wouldn’t have injured another player intentionally. Makes about as much sense as Goodell.

  18. zbigern says: Nov 28, 2012 6:31 PM

    These things happen in football. It aint always fair. This hit probably was a karma wagon leveling Louis. The Bears have been pretty clean on the injury list this year so far, & as the tired but true statement says-it is what it is.

  19. nagaswan says: Nov 28, 2012 6:35 PM

    Don’t need to fine him, just make sure he gets a chop block against him every week.

  20. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 28, 2012 6:40 PM

    Well, I’m not one to hope for injuries that help my team win, but I honestly hope someone ends his season this week. The difference is, with or without him the Packers are going to flat out destroy Minny.

    Go Pack!

  21. ad296 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:08 PM

    Part of the blame has to go to the field in Chicago. 5 other players left with knee/ankle injuries. His cleat got stuck in the ground.

  22. fluffy19 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:09 PM

    Also, why suddenly such a focus on the ridiculously small amount these fines are for guys making millions? As if this is breaking news. They’ve never been anything more than a token gesture to make it look, legally, as if they gave a gd about player safety. Either do away with the stupid fines to begin with, make them sign waivers, and play football. Or, make the fines 6 or 7 figures and make these guys get serious. 21K here and there is just a lot of window dressing.

  23. jutts says: Nov 28, 2012 7:10 PM

    I can just imagine what would be said when or if Jared Allen gets his season taken away on a chop block….. He wouldn’t be quite so cavelere about it being a clean, or legal hit.
    You can also bet , that who ever laid his ass out , would be fined more than 3% of a game check…..

  24. youngs79 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:13 PM

    Why isn’t anyone talking about the vicious hit Lance Briggs delivered on Kyle Rudolph and caused his concussion? That hit was completely unnessessary.

  25. dino2997 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:29 PM

    It was an illegal hit and not necessary but I don’t think Jared Allen intended to hurt anybody. He saw a chance to lay a cheap block on a guy that wasn’t looking and took it. He should be fined more though.

  26. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:31 PM

    Watch out or get knocked out.

  27. coolzog says: Nov 28, 2012 7:36 PM

    “Blocking the guy was okay, but leaving his feet wasn’t — the fine was deserved. ”

    Leaving your feet isn’t illegal, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about. If he hit him low it would have been a penalty.

    “Just don’t understand the point of laying someone out like that. Yeah Louis should of had his head up, but getting put on IR is a way over the top price to pay to learn not to do that.”

    This is tackle football, when you block someone your intention is to take them out of the play completely, and then go find someone else to block. If you don’t like that contact you don’t play
    in the NFL.

    Let not forget, Louis hurt his knee on the play, hitting him high had nothing to do with his injury.

  28. rubberinnertube says: Nov 28, 2012 7:46 PM

    When will the powers that be come to their senses and start fining by percentage?

    $21k to Jared Allen doesn’t mean nearly as much as it does to a player making the league minimum. However fining at 25% of a game check makes the pain of it appropriate no matter what you’re getting paid.

  29. 6kings says: Nov 28, 2012 7:51 PM

    Jared Allen was the victim of a hit that was an intentional attempt to hurt him. It did hurt him pretty bad. Do you know what he did? He jumped up and went after the guy that did it. Even though he was hurt, he played the next week.

  30. nflfollower says: Nov 28, 2012 8:02 PM

    Hard hits get fines, instead of a segment on “Jacked Up” on ESPN the next week. Welcome to the new age NFL. Apparently, we love it because ratings are better than ever. Sigh.

  31. gtodriver says: Nov 28, 2012 8:11 PM

    monsterofyourgirlsmidway says:

    Wow. Must be nice to be goodell’s butt buddy. He ends someone’s season on an illegal blind side hit and only gets 21 k?
    ______________________

    Earth to monster…

    Allen and Louis were running right at each other. This was not even close to a blind side hit.

    Louis wasn’t looking where he was running – that’s why he didn’t see Allen.

    It’s entirely possible that Louis would have the exact same knee injury today if Allen had been standing still and Louis simply ran into Allen.

    The injury was caused by the fall, not the hit.

  32. fluffy19 says: Nov 28, 2012 8:23 PM

    @coolzog:
    Leaving your feet to hit someone or “launching” is now illegal. That’s why he got fined.

  33. WatchThis says: Nov 28, 2012 9:26 PM

    And Suh get $30000 for a measly couple of balls?

  34. sgtdiver says: Nov 28, 2012 9:35 PM

    for those of you that don’t think Allen is dirty. go watch the video of him punching another player between the legs and tell me that. I guess you can now call him a repeat offender.

  35. larryboodry says: Nov 28, 2012 10:39 PM

    khmer379 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    “Maybe if the bears QB didnt flick ball at opposing CB after play was done and rubbing it in by going for two point conversion when they were alredy up 17 points then maybe Allen wouldnt had to end your best linemen season just keeping real bears fan cause i would of done the same if i was allen”

    Right…Louis deserved to have his season ended because your feelings were hurt…Glad I don’t know you personally.

  36. jimmylions says: Nov 28, 2012 10:52 PM

    This is nonsense.

    Jared Allen was not and is not out to intentionally hurt anyone. He plays the game full speed, every down. He is a class act and his commitment to excellence puts him at the core of the heart and soul of that Vikings defense.

    The people calling for his suspension are nuts.

    What the NFL needs to do is take away the helmets and pads. That will pretty much eliminate accidents where a player gets hurt because another player launched into him.

  37. vikingsvoice says: Nov 29, 2012 8:07 AM

    Launching was illegal, but Louis was absolutely in position to make a tackle on Winfield. Go watch the video on the front page of SI.com. Allen got fined for launching which was the only “dirty” thing about that play.

  38. larryboodry says: Nov 29, 2012 7:48 PM

    @vikingsvoice:

    One dirty thing about a play makes the whole play dirty.

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