Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier indicated in the first week of training camp that they were going to limit Jared Allen's playing time. That was evident when the Vikings opened the preseason on Friday in San Francisco. While he was in uniform during pregame warmups, Allen was in street clothes when the game started.
Along with Allen, the Vikings did not play defensive tackle Kevin Williams, cornerback Antoine Winfield or wide receiver Percy Harvin.
All are key to the Vikings' success in 2012, and with the exception of Harvin, all are 30 years old or older.
I understand the thought of protecting key players from injury and minimizing the wear and tear until the games count, but it is not in the best interest of the team, the fans or for Allen to limit his play after September 9th.
After consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC North, Frazier needs to turn things around and have the Vikings heading in the right direction if he wants to remain as coach.
The only reason to limit Allen's playing time would be to ensure his health as the Vikings look to deal the four-time first-team All-Pro. After all, it's very difficult to get anything of consequence in a trade for an injured player.
On the other hand, if the Vikings make the most of the talent they have on this team, including Allen, they could surprise a few teams and really generate some excitement in the Twin Cities.