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Allen Fined $50,000; Astroglide Likely Not Used

Today's entry into the "what a freaking joke" file:

The NFL just announced that defensive end Jared Allen was fined $50,000 for “two plays considered roughing the passer,” according to an NFL spokesman.

“In both instances, he struck the opposing quarterback below the knee area,” a spokesperson said in an email.

Allen hit Texans quarterback Matt Schaub both times. Schaub suffered a torn MCL on one of the hits in the first half. Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Schaub both said they thought the hits were illegal and cheap shots.

"Two plays considered roughing the passer," huh? Does anyone else remember Jared Allen getting flagged for a roughing the passer penalty last Sunday, let alone two?

Yeah, me either.

What a joke. Once again, Roger Goodell has his head jammed firmly in his posterior.

Oh, and Allen is also listed as doubtful for Sunday's game with Green Bay. Nobody from the Texans was fined for injuring Allen's shoulder. . .which, given this precedent, is fairly amazing.

In fact, as long as I'm here, let me toss out the official injury reports (as of now) for Sunday's game. We'll start with Green Bay:

Injuries: Green Bay Packers


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Charles Woodson toe 11.7.2008
Desmond Bishop hamstring 11.7.2008
Chad Clifton knees 11.7.2008
Aaron Rodgers right shoulder 11.7.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Junius Coston knee 8.30.2008
J.J. Jansen knee 8.30.2008
Evan Moore knee 8.19.2008
Cullen Jenkins pectoral 10.1.2008
Shaun Bodiford knee 7.28.2008
Kregg Lumpkin hamstring 10.11.2008

Nobody worth discussing here, if for no other reason than they all play for the Green Bay Packers.

And Minnesota's injury report:

Injuries: Minnesota Vikings


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Husain Abdullah neck 11.7.2008


Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Herron hip 11.7.2008
Garrett Mills ankle 11.7.2008


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jared Allen shoulder 11.7.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
E.J. Henderson foot/toes 10.6.2008
Mike Jones undisclosed 8.11.2008
Heath Farwell knee 8.11.2008
Kenderick Allen wrist 8.19.2008
Drew Radovich shoulder 10.13.2008
Jayme Mitchell knee 8.11.2008
Michael Boulware wrist 8.30.2008

Mills and Herron are apparently both back at practice this week after being inactive for last week's contest. Should be interesting to see who's going to be inactive this week.

More on everything tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen. Until then, have a good rest of your Friday!