Allen had to adjust

January 13th, 2009 – 8:36 AM by Judd Zulgad

Vikings Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen didn’t exactly have the start that many expected. Obtained from Kansas City in an expensive trade-and-sign, Allen had no sacks in a season-opening loss at Green Bay and had only two after five games. Of course, he rebounded to finish with a team-high 14.5 sacks despite playing with shoulder and knee injuries.

So why the slow start? Allen explained during his appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” this week.

“[For] me personally, it took a little while getting used to adjusting to a new stadium, new bunch of teammates,” Allen said. “The biggest adjustment was learning how to play with two beasts [Kevin and Pat Williams] in the defensive tackles inside. I was just trying to stay out of the way for the first few weeks. Then we got on the same page and things took off.”

It’s not certain if Allen is going to have any postseason surgery to clean up his knee or shoulder but he is expected to play in the Pro Bowl next month.


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