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Jared Allen had his shoulder surgery

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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.

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6 Responses to “Jared Allen had his shoulder surgery”
  1. datd00d says: Feb 3, 2013 2:21 PM

    Torn labrums are a mother. It’s amazing how much a tiny piece of connective cartilage affects the entire shoulder and arm.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see a production drop – especially at his age.

  2. wludford says: Feb 3, 2013 2:50 PM

    Hope you heal fast and get back at it. Vikings will need him back and healthy next year.

  3. vikesfansteve says: Feb 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    Production drop?! He tore it before training camp last year. He played the whole year with the injury and still was second in sacks for all D Ends. Now it’s been fixed so his production will be better. Drop? Some of the people who post on here, unbelievable.

  4. purpleguy says: Feb 3, 2013 7:00 PM

    The guy played with this all year and still had a Pro Bowl season — not only is he good and entertaining as heck, he’s tough.

  5. purpblooded says: Feb 3, 2013 8:12 PM

    What a football player, and a fun and interesting caracture. Check out his video, on youtube, spearing an elk. Hope he has a good season next year.

  6. datd00d says: Feb 4, 2013 8:44 AM

    vikesfansteve says: Feb 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    Production drop?! He tore it before training camp last year. He played the whole year with the injury and still was second in sacks for all D Ends. Now it’s been fixed so his production will be better. Drop? Some of the people who post on here, unbelievable.

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    This is an injury that can be played through for a while but changes after being operated on. Most players wear a device called a Sully brace which effectively keeps the ball of the shoulder in the socket by squeezing the arm and torso together. During surgery cartilage is often removed which can create a bone-rubbing-bone effect – not good for explosive positions.

    You’re clearly a Vikings fan – so I can see how it’s unbelievable that that the queen-mother of shoulder injuries could affect the performance of a 30-year old player. Just as its probably been unbelievable that the Vikes haven’t made it past the 1st-rd since Favre was in town.

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