Jared Allen may appeal fine, doesn't expect retribution from Bears
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Jared Allen offered condolences again to Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis on Thursday but continued to stress there was no ill intent behind the block that ended Louis' season.
The NFL fined Allen $21,000 for what it ruled was an illegal blindside hit on Louis, who was chasing Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield after an interception in Sunday's game at Soldier Field and ended up with a torn MCL in one of his knees.
"I purposely hit him in the chest with my shoulder," Allen said. "I didn't want to go to his head. It's just part of the game. It happens, and you move on. We've got the Green Bay Packers. I can't sit and worry about what they fined me for last game."
Replays showed Allen leave his feet to make the hit, and the league recently expanded its definition of "defenseless" players to include those moving toward their own goal line on such plays.
Asked if he had second-thoughts after seeing the play on tape, Allen said, "No. Just making a block on an interception. Never an intention to hurt a guy. Feel bad that he got hurt. It's obviously never my intention. But 'Toine's coming up the sideline and he's running to make a play and we blocked the guy and sometimes, bad things happen."
Allen said he would have talked to Louis after the game if he could have, instead settling for trying to pass a message through Bears tackle J'Marcus Webb while the game was in progress.
He also suggested the league would look differently on such a play if it were an offensive player throwing the block instead of receiving it.
"I've been on the other side of that," Allen said. "I got my knee knifed in Detroit a few years ago. Yeah, the league didn't find anything wrong with that. But it happens, and you're not happy about it. I'm sure he's not happy. Nobody's happy that someone gets hurt, especially if it's season-ending. But that's never my intent."
Allen said he needs to talk to his agent before deciding whether to appeal, in part because he's unclear on how the rule is written.
"The league does what the league does," Allen said. "I think the way the tax code is right now, we can still get a tax write-off for it."
The teams meet again on Dec. 9. Does he expect any retribution?
"I don't expect any," Allen said. "If they do, hey, it is what it is."