Jared Allen confirms he will undergo surgery to repair torn labrum
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GREEN BAY, Wis. - For the first time in his nine NFL seasons, Jared Allen is going to undergo surgery.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end said after Saturday night's 24-10 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers that he will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in one of his shoulders.
Allen first showed up on the injury report with a shoulder issue before the Vikings' game on Nov. 9 against Detroit. But he played all season with the injury and said he didn't know when he tore the labrum.
Allen led the Vikings with 12 sacks this season after having an NFL-leading 22 in 2011. That was a half-sack shy of Michael Strahan's single-season record set in 2001.
Asked how painful the injury was after Saturday's game, Allen said: "It's not good. 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."
Allen said he didn't know what the surgery will entail.
"This is the first time I'm ever going underneath the knife," he said. "I had my tonsils out when I was 5 but that's it."
Allen said he will play in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Honolulu before having the procedure done.