By Joseph Gunther
The Chicago Bears do not like the block Minnesota Viking defensive end Jared Allen put on Lance Louis during an interception in Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.
The blindside block left Bears starting guard with a reportedly torn ACL. The Bears placed the fourth-year offensive lineman on season-ending injured reserve.
When asked if he thought the hit was unnecessary, Bears head coach Lovie Smith said, “Yes. I did. Jared Allen plays the game a certain way, a good player in our league. I think there are some plays when you look at them again, you say, ‘Hey, we could have done without that.’ I think our game could do without that play. We have an injured player right now based on it. I think he could have gotten blocked a little bit differently, but that’s about all I can say about it. I’m sure the league will look at it and give another opinion about what they think.”
Allen was not assessed a penalty for the block and does not believe he deserved one.
“He’s running to make a tackle, so I just went to block him,” he said. “I never intentionally try to hurt anybody. I turned around, he was running to make a tackle, I threw myself into him to try to make a block, just like we’re taught.
“I think Coach said he hurt his knee or something after that, so my condolences to him and his family. I never, ever try to intentionally hurt anybody. Just trying to make a block and spring our guys down the sidelines. That’s unfortunate.”
Allen appeared to launch himself into Louis from the side. The NFL has made it a point of emphasis to eliminate plays that lead to head injuries. However, the injury was to Louis’ knee, something that can be injured no matter how Allen blocked him.
The NFL fined Allen $21,000 Wednesday for the hit.
Peterson missed team bus
Head coach Leslie Frazier was upset with Adrian Peterson prior to Sunday’s loss to the Bears.
The star running back missed the team bus and arrived by cab to the stadium. The Vikings require players to be in the locker room two hours prior to game time. Peterson was seen getting into the cab at 10 am before the noon kickoff.
“Anytime one of your leaders is not where he’s supposed to be, it’s not good,” Peterson said. “I talk to our team all the time about being where you’re supposed to be and being where you’re supposed to be on time. So, it’s a big deal.”
Peterson topped the 100-yard mark, but had a fumble and botched handoff that were turnovers, but Frazier would not say that his tardiness was a distraction.
“I think everybody was pretty focused on their job and what they had to do,” Frazier said. “I’m not even sure how many guys really knew that he wasn’t on the bus. I’m not sure.”
Raymond TD reviewed twice
Mistral Raymond picked up a fumble by Matt Forte and ran 52-yards right past Jay Cutler for a touchdown. Referee Scott Green announced shortly after conferencing with the other referees to determine the outcome of the play that it was a touchdown. He later announced that the replay judge had confirmed the touchdown.
Then while Forte was being looked at for an injured knee, the replay judge wanted to look at it again. Upon further examination it was determined that Forte’s knee was down before the ball came out.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello admitted that the replay judge looked at it twice and it was the correct thing to do.
“By rule, the replay official, like the coaches during situations in which they can challenge, has until the next legal snap to challenge a play,” he said. “In the case of the replay official, this is done by alerting the referee the stop the game.
“In this instance, after initially confirming the on-field ruling, the replay official continued to analyze the replays and, before the extra point, determined that referee Scott Green needed to stop the game for an instant replay review.”
There are two questions that arise from this situation, forget that they probably end up making the correct decision, why did the replay judge confirm the touchdown before looking at every angle and why did he confirm it when there was still doubt.
Todman out, Banyard in
Running back Jordan Todman was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to its active roster off the Vikings practice squad. Joe Banyard was signed to take his place on the practice squad.
Todman, a second-year running back from Connecticut, has had 12 carries for 121 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, in the preseason with the Vikings. He also had six receptions for 32 yards.
Banyard, an undrafted rookie from UTEP, had 25 carries for 93 yards and six catches for 25 yards in the preseason with the New Orleans Saints. He was originally signed by the Jaguars after the draft in April, but was waived in June. The Saints signed him before training camp and eventually released him with an injury settlement at the completion of the preseason.
He is listed at 5-feet-11-inches and 213-pounds. He showed good pass receiving skills and improved play as a pass blocker at the 2012 Players All-Star Classic collegiate all-star game practices. He finished the game with four carries for eight yards and one catch for three yards.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.