The veteran defensive star first reported the injury in early November but says he played through it all season.
Allen told Zulgad that the injury affected him in the 24-10 Wild Card loss to the Green Bay Packers and noted that he's never undergone surgery as a football player:
It's not good. My inside game wasn't as good as I would have liked for it to have been just because I really didn't have as much power in my hump. ... But you fight through it and you're never fully healthy. I'll get it cleaned up.
This is the first time I'm ever going underneath the knife. I had my tonsils out when I was 5 but that's it.
While Allen claims that he wasn’t seriously hampered by the injury this season, the drop in numbers—22 sacks in 2011 to 12 sacks in 2012—is undeniable. The torn labrum obviously played a huge role in the lack of power and elusiveness from the veteran.
As long as the surgery goes well and Allen returns to full health, there is no reason the Pro-Bowl defensive end won’t return to that elite level of play again in 2013.
There are few players that enjoy the game as much as Allen, and his positive attitude despite adversity is one of the reasons his teammates love to play alongside him.
The Vikings will undoubtedly work with Allen to get back to full strength in time to make a big impact on the 2013 season.
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