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Jared Allen will have first surgery of his football career

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When he was five, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had his tonsils removed.  Since then, he has undergone zero surgical procedures, despite a lifetime of playing football.

That’ll change, eventually.  Now that Minnesota’s season has ended with a one-and-done playoff appearance, Allen will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

It’s not good,” Allen said after last night’s game, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.  “My inside game wasn’t as good as I would have liked for it to have been just because I really didn’t have as much power in my hump. . . .  But you fight through it and you’re never fully healthy.  I’ll get it cleaned up.”

He plans to delay the surgery until after an upcoming trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.  Some may wonder whether Allen should risk aggravating the condition.  But given the level of intensity displayed during the game, he’d probably be putting the thing at greater risk by trying to kill a horsefly with a rolled-up newspaper.

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35 Responses to “Jared Allen will have first surgery of his football career”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    At least Allen didn’t shut it down like Harvin and Ponder.

  2. indyseriesnick says: Jan 6, 2013 11:39 AM

    a man could wonder how much better allen would have played these past weeks if had not been for the torn labrum…

    how much better the viking d-front couldve been…

  3. rpiotr01 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:40 AM

    Still can’t believe Ponder tapped out. I’m a Packer fan but there were holes in our passing D that any competent QB could have exploited. Think Brett Favre even knows or wants to know what bursitis is?

  4. coolhand5930 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    “At least Allen didn’t shut it down like Harvin and Ponder.”

    Harvin, yes. While Ponder obviously isn’t the focal point of the offense, if a QB can’t throw it, he’s not much use. It has nothing to do with shutting it down or playing through pain. If you can’t perform the basic functions, e.g. throwing a pass, you sit. End of story.

  5. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    Time to hang ‘em up, Jared.

  6. tebowthrowsaperfectonsidekick says: Jan 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Torn Labrum…absolutely excruciating injury.

    Personally went through many months of rehab for a torn labrum. For Jared Allen to continue to play, I have a great respect and appreciation for his drive and will to play.

  7. packers13xchamps says: Jan 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    Poor Vikings. Get well soon.

  8. packerbackernj says: Jan 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    I love me some jared allen. From the coonskin caps, to the mullets, but most of all because of the way he plays. I hope this man has no problems in surgery or rehab. Worst move he ever made was signing with the vikings, just another super star who deserves a ring and will never get one on that team. Idk why superstars sign with nfc north teams not named the packers. Damn shame.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    coolhand5930 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    “While Ponder obviously isn’t the focal point of the offense, if a QB can’t throw it, he’s not much use.”

    Now all of a sudden that’s an issue?????

  10. wludford says: Jan 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    Go ahead and get it taken care of- and come back better and healthier next season.

  11. punkthepack says: Jan 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    packerbackernj says: Jan 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    I love me some jared allen. From the coonskin caps, to the mullets, but most of all because of the way he plays. I hope this man has no problems in surgery or rehab. Worst move he ever made was signing with the vikings, just another super star who deserves a ring and will never get one on that team. Idk why superstars sign with nfc north teams not named the packers. Damn shame.

    So, if he would have stayed in KC he would have a ring?

  12. kevinwi says: Jan 6, 2013 12:27 PM

    For the uninformed regarding Ponders triceps injury, it was not a matter of pain. If it were, Ponder said it would have been a no brainer to play. It was the loss of range of motion. He couldn’t bring the ball back to his shoulder, thus limiting his throwing motion to nothing more than father and son having catch in the back yard. It was the coaches and trainers decision to deactivate him. He would have been worse than Webb, if you can believe that.

  13. drpompanoduke says: Jan 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    A warrior, and get off Ponders back, he could not throw the ball 15 yards unless he lobbed it.

  14. mnomalley says: Jan 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    So Allen has a torn labrum and Ponder had a torn labia

  15. packfaninchitown says: Jan 6, 2013 1:13 PM

    Get healthy and come back Allen. I love it when the Packers beat the Vikings but the victory means more when all their players are at their best.

  16. conormacleod says: Jan 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    If there is anybody out there that is still on the Joe Webb bandwagon, you have my permission to jump off now. After what I saw yesterday I would be on board with the Bikings not bringing him back at all next year.

  17. otis52gsh says: Jan 6, 2013 1:38 PM

    Why not, he doesn’t have anything else going on this off season as usual.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Jan 6, 2013 1:50 PM

    Allen is on the downside of his career and this injury will give him a ready made excuse for sub standard play next year. Although it will be hard to tell among all the other Vikings’ level of play.

  19. mikemnz says: Jan 6, 2013 2:03 PM

    His inside game suffered but yet he was able to do his calf roping thing?

  20. linemanguy74 says: Jan 6, 2013 2:23 PM

    Pack had 3guys blocking him, with two good shoulders they would have to have 5

  21. demo1984 says: Jan 6, 2013 2:33 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Jan 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    At least Allen didn’t shut it down like Harvin and Ponder.

    Ponder had no say in being shut down he lost what velosity he had because of the injury.
    Per Tim Yotter:

    Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder tried throughout the week to increase the flexibility in his throwing arm, but it was clear in pregame warmups he didn’t have the velocity needed to make a go of it in what would have been his first playoff appearance. It turned out to be a 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

    Ponder was made inactive because of what he described as a deep contusion in his triceps, and the evidence of the bruising confirmed that diagnosis. He was listed on the injury report with an elbow injury after his arm hit the helmet of Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett in last Sunday’s regular-season finale while unloading a pass late in the second quarter. Ponder finished that game, but he said after Saturday’s loss that the velocity on his passes weren’t there in the second half of the regular-season finale.

    He held out hope throughout the week that he could play, saying he made several throws a day during practices, but mostly was limited to handing off. The final decision on his status for Saturday wasn’t made until about two hours before the game.

    “A little bit of pain, but I can play with pain. Just a loss of flexibility,” Ponder said after the Vikings were ousted from the playoffs with a 24-10 loss. “I couldn’t get the ball in position to where I could throw it

  22. thompgk says: Jan 6, 2013 2:47 PM

    How many athletes can claim more incidences with alcohol than surgeries?

    That’s pretty impressive

  23. veence69 says: Jan 6, 2013 3:28 PM

    The Ponder bashing is ridiculous. If you can’t throw the GD ball with any velocity, you can’t play QB.

    The lot of you are showing the depth of your ignorance.

  24. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2013 3:52 PM

    The injury no doubt began to grow during his time at Culinary College – all those semesters of flipping pancakes wears on the body.

  25. beedubyatoo says: Jan 6, 2013 3:56 PM

    Pack had 3guys blocking him, with two good shoulders they would have to have 5
    ————————–
    Marshall Newhouse had single coverage on Allen almost all night.

  26. mineallmine001 says: Jan 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    The Ponder bashing is ridiculous. If you can’t throw the GD ball with any velocity, you can’t play QB.

    The lot of you are showing the depth of your ignorance.

    ————————————-

    Well then sir, Ponder best not be a QB, because he has no velocity even when healthy. Debate over

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    Rodgers got sacked 19 times more in the regular season than Ponder did, but he didn’t have to tap out.

    Face it – Ponder is soft.

  28. packers13xchamps says: Jan 6, 2013 4:53 PM

    Ponder had his labia torn before the game. Ease up on him next time you guys.

  29. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 6, 2013 4:55 PM

    He plays with a torn labrum, but our QB can’t play because he hit his funny bone? Ridiculous.

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 6, 2013 5:32 PM

    I have to wonder the amount of pain killers he has been on to play with that incredibly painful injury.

  31. hetfildtheriffer says: Jan 6, 2013 6:17 PM

    Before my surgery to repair a torn labrium in my right shoulder I remember not being able to turn and lift a fork because the pain shot through me like a knife. Jared should be 100% for the 2013 campaign. I had surgery in Feb. rehabbed the hell out of that shoulder and was golfing in June and back to full activities and strength by August. months.

  32. axespray says: Jan 6, 2013 8:03 PM

    Was gonna ask – What’s up with Jared? He usually has like 5 sacks against us when Clifton isn’t playing…

    I was thinking Newhouse had finally developed into a great Left Tackle …. then remembered that is impossible – so … guess this explains it.

  33. butkusrules says: Jan 6, 2013 11:39 PM

    Cheap hit on Lance Louis +karma = offseason surgery of his own.

  34. dougy1970 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:49 AM

    Vikings were missing their #1 QB and #1 WR versus GB. Antoine Winfield, their #1 DB, played with one hand. Jared Allen, their #1 DL, played with one arm.

    But it was the Packers who had all the injuries, right? I mean, Donald Driver didn’t suit up.

    Packer Myth Making Machine Never Stops.

  35. stellarperformance says: Jan 7, 2013 10:28 AM

    Some of the Viking fans on this site cannot let it go. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that anger and bitterness will kill you?

    When Lambeau decided to stop alcohol sales at the end of halftime, it was because the Viking fans were coming to town. And when security personnel still set a record for the most arrests at Lambeau this past weekend, it wasn’t because of the locals. It was the purple visitors……again.

    Calm down…it will get better.

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