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Lovie, Idonije call Jared Allen hit on Louis 'unnecessary'

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Jared Allen blindside hit.gifWith starting right guard Lance Louis facing a lengthy absence, Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that -- with all due respect -- Jared Allen's blindside hit on Louis that caused the injury was unnecessary.

''Jared Allen plays the game a certain way. He's a good player in our league,'' Smith said when asked if he thought the hit was unnecessary. ''But I think there's some plays when you look at them again, you say, 'Hey, we could have done without.' I think our game can do without that play.''

Louis was injured on Antoine Winfield's interception return in the third quarter of the Bears' 28-10 victory over the Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field. Louis was running toward the sideline to stop Winfield when Allen left his feet to deliver a hard block with his shoulder to an unsuspecting Louis' shoulder and neck.

Replays showed that Louis' left leg was planted in the turf when Allen struck. Louis suffered a knee injury, which was called a sprain after the game. On Monday, Louis was placed on injured reserve after an MRI revealed that he suffered a torn ACL, a league source told the Sun-Times.

There was no penalty called on the play, though it was away from the play and easy for officials to miss.

''We have an injured player based on that [play],'' Smith said. ''I think we could have gotten a block a little differently. That's about all I should probably say about it. I'm sure the league will look at it and give you an opinion on [whether it was necessary].''

Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije said Allen's hit, while it might have been legal and unpenalized a few years ago, was over the line based on the NFL's rule changes regarding contact on defenseless players.

''It wasn't necessary,'' Idonije said. ''There have been a number of rules put in the game now that you can't hit a defenseless player. Lance clearly ... his vision is downfield. Allen hits him on his blind side. At that point of the game, he could have easily shoulder to shoulder. He could have laid him out wit just using his hands to his chest.

''Lance is quick. He's fast. But it's not a situation where he was just blazing and [Allen] had to lay him out to make a saving play. He hit him that way because he chose to hit him that way.''

Allen is a well-regarded ''high-motor guy'' whose whirling-dervish style is a big reason he's one of the best pass rusher in the NFL -- he led the league with 22.5 sacks last season. But Idonije suggested that Allen needs to tone down the viciousness of his mentality to adjust to the new reality -- and rules -- of the NFL.

''I wouldn't say he should have known better. But the way you play has to adapt and has to adjust with the rules of the game. That's just how it is,'' Idonije said. ''You can't do a three-man wedge anymore. When I started out, it was all three-man wedge. My job was to run down and break the three-man wedge. That contact was all helmet-to-helmet collisions. So they took it out of the league.

''The game adjusts. Coach draws up a new scheme. You have to change your approach and the way you play. As a player, if you're that type of player, unfortunately you have to change the way you play. And that doesn't mean you change who you are, your identity as a player. But you have to play within the rules.''

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Jared Allen blind-sided hit on Lance Louis was unacceptable and un-respected!!! I hope the NFL does the right thing and fines Jared Allen. It’s just “not good” Football for cheap shots that causes injuries. #Chicago Bear Fan

It was a little high but it wasn`t head hunting, Lovie are you soft?

Bears complaining about rough hits? Please...

I know the Bears are upset about this and they should be. But they better not make payback the focus of the next Minnesota game or they'll lose. Hopefully they'll be calm enough by then to concentrate on the game itself. If they can do that and give Allen some payback, great, but the most important thing will be to win the game.

honestly what is different between that and lance briggs "blind-siding" kyle rudolph multiple times and caused a concussion, it was a "clean" shot and if u cant take it dont dish it out

Has nothing to do with high, he left his feet to make a hit on the blindside. The hit is a video definition of the new rule put in last year. You can't leave both feet to make a hit on a defenseless player. Now it may have cost a person his job if he can't come back from it.

Come on bears you lay out tight ends in the five yard zone for contact like this all the time but when someone does it to your player that is illegal? What a bunch of whiners you don't deserve first place. Pfarts

in case you can't read or understand common vernacular, a "clean" shot generally means a player was looking and aware a hit was coming, as opposed to a "dirty" or "blindside" hit, in which a player is viciously hit unexpectedly and by surprise. All in all, there won't be much ill-will reserved by the Bears for Allen, and his fine is a pretty standard punishment for dirty plays. I was just a little shocked by the Minnesota fans' ignorance on this message board and felt I needed to spell some things out for you dimwits. Enjoy the off-season that's rapidly approaching...

here here!!
Their brains are frozen. Read the rules....If Jared doesn't launch he may have gotten away with it. It was dirty and Jared knew it. By the way if you're a receiver running across mid field....you are expecting those type of hits.
Jared should watch out on the field next week! You know what they say about payback!!!
GO BEARS

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