Allen limps off field; latest Favre reaction

August 17th, 2009 – 3:49 PM by Chip Scoggins

Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen limped off the field today after suffering an injury to his right ankle. Allen went down on a running play to his side during team drills.

He limped to the sideline where head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman checked on him. Allen was not wearing his right cleat when he walked to the locker room a few minutes later. He was driven away in a car near the end of practice.

Quarterback Sage Rosenfels (ankle), wide receiver Bernard Berrian (hamstring) and tight end Garrett Mills (shoulder) and Jim Kleinsasser (unknown) also did not practice. Berrian, Mills and Rosenfels appeared on the film at the beginning of practice and then returned inside to receive treatment.

Never escaping Brett 

Tarvaris Jackson can’t be blamed for wondering if he’s ever going to be able to escape the potential presence of Brett Favre. Just when Jackson thought he might have heard the last of Favre-to-the-Vikings rumors, Jay Glazer of the Fox Sports website predicted today that Favre will play in Minnesota this season.

“I didn’t hear it, somebody told me about it. I didn’t watch it on TV or anything like that,” Jackson said. “I think guys are just doing their job. Just trying to get people to watch their station, you all try to sell papers, that’s how it is. I pretty much have said he probably will follow me even when I retire. I’ll probably have to hear about it. I’m just trying to take care of my business and I can’t worry about that stuff. If I let that stuff get to me ain’t not telling where I’d be right now. I just let it roll off my shoulder and just keep going. Just keep trying to get better.”   

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was Favre’s one-time position coach with the Green Bay Packers, went to visit Favre this summer to check on his rehab and remains good friends with the future Hall of Famer. However, even Bevell sounds tired of Favre mania.   

Bevell acknowledged that Vikings coach Brad Childress showed him the Glazer report today. “It seems like it’s never going to die,” Bevell said. “Coach showed me the report. There’s really no comment on people’s opinions. What are you going to do?”   

Asked if the report should be dead, Bevell made an exasperated sound and said, “I have no idea about it. The first I saw was when coach handed me the report.” Asked if it was nice to not hear about Favre for a few weeks, Bevell said, “There’s a lot of people that have said that, yeah.” Jackson, to his credit, said that after what he has been through that a column speculating on Favre isn’t going to rattle him.  

“This past year, I’ve been through a whole lot,” he said. “The situation last year after the first two games [when he was benched], then the situation this summer [with Favre expected to join the Vikings], then last training camp [when Favre tried to force his way to Minnesota]. There ain’t too much you can do to really get to me right now. I’ve been through it, I still have a lot more to go through and I still consider being a young guy. It’s going to come. Regardless. I just have to take it as it is and just live with it. If I ain’t dealing with it that means I’m either doing great or I’m not in the league no more. So I take it either way it comes.”

Harvin to make debut Friday?

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings’ first-round pick, was not able to play in the team’s preseason opener last Friday at Indianapolis because of a shoulder injury suffered two days earlier in the final practice of training camp in Mankato. So will Harvin be able to make his debut this Friday as the Vikings play host to Kansas City at the Metrodome?

“That’s coach’s decision,” he said. “I feel I’m ready to go but again that’s the coach’s decision. So whenever he says I’m ready, I’ll be ready to go.”

Harvin called the decision to sit him out a precautionary move and admitted he did want to play. Instead, he had to stand on the sideline. ”It was really tough to miss that one to finally get out there and play in front of the fans,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do it so I’ll get ready for next week.”


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