Two weeks ago in a 28-10 win over the Vikings, Bears guard Lance Louis suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was blindsided by defensive end Jared Allen during an interception return.
Although the Bears viewed the vicious block as a cheap shot, they have no plans to retaliate in Sunday’s rematch against Allen, who was fined $21,000 by the NFL for the illegal hit.
“I don’t see that happening,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. “There’s been no talk of that, and that’s not how you play the game. You play the game in between the whistles. I don’t teach that kind of stuff, never have. You’ve never seen any stories about my guys chop-blocking or anything like that. We don’t teach that.”
Allen has repeatedly insisted that he wasn’t trying to hurt Louis.
“I have no way of foreseeing that his knee is going to go, but I understand why people would get upset,” Allen said. “I apologized for the fact that I ended his season. You never want any of that to happen. I play the game pure. The guys around the league who know me know that I play hard. I play to the whistle and I’m not a malicious guy.
“I’ve never tried to intentionally hurt a guy on the field. Unfortunately it happened, and like I said my condolences to him and his family. We had an interception coming up the sideline, and he’s running toward it to make a tackle and I threw a block. Unfortunately something bad happened.
“If roles were reversed and I was running to make a tackle and I got blindsided by an offensive lineman or a receiver, I’m pretty sure people would be celebrating it. That’s not the case, and so it is what it is. He got hurt and that sucks. But again it’s never the intent.”
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