We’ve known for some time that Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was set to have a torn labrum in his left shoulder surgically repaired, marking the first time he’s needed an operation since entering the NFL.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that Allen had the surgery last week after putting it off until he played in the Pro Bowl. Allen played the entire year with the injury, so it’s not likely that his Hawaii visit did much to worsen the injury.
It’s not clear at this point when Allen will be medically cleared to begin working with the team, but it’s expected that he’ll be ready for training camp at the very least. As Pelissero points out, Allen is usually not part of the team’s voluntary workouts in the offseason so it wouldn’t be a big change if he didn’t get the green light for OTAs.
With the surgery out of the way, it will likely soon be time for Allen and the Vikings to discuss his contract. Allen’s entering the final year of his deal with a cap number of more than $17 million, making him a prime candidate for an extension that frees up money for the Vikings to use elsewhere in 2013.