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Jared Allen speaks out on season-ending hit on Lance Louis plus $21,000 fine

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Lions, Packers, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen Updated: November 29, 2012 - 12:54 PM

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen remains apologetic that his crushing third quarter block Sunday on Chicago’s Lance Louis left the Bears guard with a season-ending knee injury. But Allen does not second guess the shot he delivered, leaving his feet and drilling Louis during Antoine Winfield’s 31-yard interception return.

During his weekly meeting with reporters this morning at Winter Park, Allen fielded a handful of questions of the play, Louis’ injury and the $21,000 fine he received from the NFL. Here are Allen’s unfiltered thoughts.

On whether he has any second thoughts about the way he hit Louis …

“No. I mean, just making a block on an interception. Like I said before, never an intention to hurt a guy. I feel bad that he got hurt. It’s obviously never my intention. But you know, ‘Toine’s coming up the sideline, he’s running to make a play and you block the guy and sometimes bad things happen. So like I said after the game, my condolences to him and his family for the injury. But you know, at that time, you’re trying to make a play and spring your guy for a touchdown.”

On whether the fine from the NFL was justified …

“It’s not my opinion. My opinion is that if it was a defensive player and an offensive player was blocking for a running back coming to the sideline, we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation. But it is what it is. They fined me for it. They view it illegal. So you move on from it. But like I said, there was no ill intent in it. And again, my condolences to him and his family for injury. You never want to injure anybody. But it was what it was. And we move forward.”

On not drawing a penalty on the play …

“Honestly, I purposely hit him in the chest with my shoulder. I didn’t want to go to his head. But it’s just part of the game. It happens and you move on. We’ve got the Green Bay Packers. I can’t sit here and worry about what they fined me for last game.”

On whether he’d be upset if the tables were turned and his season was ended by a hit like that …

“I mean it happens. This game is violent. I’ve had that. I’ve been on the other side of that. I got my knee knifed in Detroit a few years ago [by Lions lineman Gosder Cherlius]. The league didn’t find anything wrong with that. But it happens. You’re not happy about it. I’m sure he’s not happy. Like I said, nobody’s happy that somebody gets hurt, especially if it’s season-ending. But that’s never my intent. You’re just trying to make a play. This game is violent. You saw what happened to [Adrian Peterson last year]. Some guy was just trying to make a tackle. Things in this game happen. And we know that when we sign up for it. So yeah, you’re not happy about it. But you go forward.”

On whether he budgets for a fine like that …

“No. I never budget for that. The league does what the league does. And I think the way the tax code is right now, I think I can still get a tax write-off on it.”

On whether he expects retribution when the Vikings host the Bears next week …

“No. I would have talked to Lance after the game if he would have been there. I immediately asked [J’Marcus] Webb if he was OK. And they told me it was his knee. I thought for some reason it was his head at some point. They said it was his knee. And I told everybody there to tell him, ‘Hey, my bad.’ You never want to end anybody’s knee. So I don’t expect any [retribution]. If they do, hey, it is what it is.”

On whether he’ll appeal the fine …

“I literally just got the letter. So I’ll read it and see what their statement is and I’ll talk to my agent. It was a blindside [hit]. So I don’t know how you appeal that. From the definition of what I heard it’s because I was facing my own goal line or something. So I don’t know the rule that well. Like I said, we’ve got a guy running up the sideline and we’re taught to block people. So I’ll talk to my agent and see how it goes. I guess you always try to appeal. But whatever. At this point, I have to focus on Green Bay and let the powers that be handle that.”

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