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Updated: September 21st, 2012 3:05pm
Vikings' Matt Kalil and Jasper Brinkley fined, but not Jared Allen

Vikings' Matt Kalil and Jasper Brinkley fined, but not Jared Allen

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Jared Allen said after Sunday's loss to Indianapolis his personal foul was a "terrible call."

The NFL apparently agreed -- at least enough not to fine the Minnesota Vikings' star pass rusher.

A league spokesman said on Friday afternoon Allen was not fined for a hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck that officials ruled came out of bounds, drawing a 15-yard penalty.

Allen dived toward Luck's legs as the Colts' rookie quarterback stepped out of bounds on a scramble that came up well short of the marker on third-and-16.

When Allen made contact and Luck went down in the direction of the Colts' bench, the sideline erupted and the nearest official immediately threw the flag.

"I saw him, he's running, so I dove while he was still in bounds, and I didn't even hit him with my shoulder pads," Allen said after the game. "I hit him with my arm. This is football, I thought. So, I didn't know we weren't allowed to hit quarterbacks with our arms. He went down or whatever. It wasn't like I carried him out of bounds.

"Literally, I hit him and he fell over there and I was over there and their sideline hyped it up. They got the penalty and I still think that was a terrible call."

Safety Andrew Sendejo, who was penalized for roughing the kicker three plays before Allen's penalty, also was not fined.

Two other Vikings players were fined $7,875 each for unnecessary roughness in the game.

Left tackle Matt Kalil "unnecessarily struck an opponent late," the league spokesman said, blindsiding Colts nose tackle Martin Tevaseu after a player.

Linebacker Jasper Brinkley "unnecessarily contacted an opponent after the play was over" -- presumably, Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, who also was fined $7,875 for ripping off Brinkley's helmet, drawing a personal foul.

Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo also was fined $7,875 because he "unnecessarily struck an opponent in the head area." That may have come on Indianapolis' second play, when he clubbed Jared Allen to the ground on a run play.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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