EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jared Allen said he didn't mean any harm when he blocked Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis and knocked him out of the game last Sunday, but the league took issue with the hit anyway, fining the Minnesota Vikings defensive end 21,000.
A league source confirmed Allen was fined for the block, which occurred early in the third quarter of Minnesota's 28-10 loss at Chicago. Following an interception, Allen hit an unsuspecting Louis hard, leaving his feet and burying his shoulder into Louis' shoulder and head and knocking Louis to the ground.
On Monday, the Bears put Louis on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.
Allen wasn't penalized on the play and said after Sunday's game that he had no ill intent on the hit.
"I thought it was a legal hit," Allen told reporters after the game. "He's running to make a tackle, so I just went to block him. I never intentionally try to hurt anybody. I turned around, he was running to make a tackle and I threw myself into him ...