Jared Allen confirmed he will undergo surgery now that the season is over (painfully, both for the season ending and the surgery). Allen was first placed on the injury list with a shoulder problem November 9th, but played with the injury for most of the second half of the season.
“It’s not good,” Allen said. “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. This is the first time I’m every going underneath the knife. I had my tonsils out when I was 5, but that’s it.”
Allen also said he knew it wasn’t right, but he didn’t know his labrum was torn. He compiled 12 sacks this season after falling a half sack short of Michael Strahan’s sack record of 22.5 sacks last season. This was just the second time in six seasons with the Vikings that he was held to less than 14.5 sacks.
Much like Allen, most of the team will look to recover from injuries after a painful ending to the Packers finished an otherwise exciting and surprising Vikings season. The hope in Minnesota is that this is something that the Vikings can build on, especially with a new compliment of receivers.