Minnesota Viking star Jared Allen underwent two surgeries this offseason, but will be ready fro opening day. Both of Allen’s surgeries were performed on the same day, and both were considered minor operations.
For Jared Allen, having two surgeries on the same day is a new experience. Allen claims he has not had any surgeries since he was five and had his tonsils removed.
Now 30-years-old, Allen’s body is starting to show signs of wear. Last season he played through a torn labrum in his left shoulder. One of his surgeries was to repair it. His other surgery was to remove fluid from his knee.
Both surgeries were considered minor and Jared Allen is expected to be ready for mini-camp is June. The news couldn’t be better for Vikings’ fans. Allen is still playing at an elite level and is coming off his sixth straight double digit sack season.
Allen’s best season came in 2011 when he recorded 22 sacks, half a sack shy of the single season record. The record is currently held my Michael Strahan, one of the greatest defenders of all time.
Despite trading Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota looks good next year. Harvin has been replaced by Greg Jennings, Adrian Peterson is coming off a historic year, Christian Ponder should only get better in his third year, and Jared Allen is fully healthy.
The Vikings have a strong core of players that should help them repeat the success they had last season. Minnesota made the playoffs after going 10-6 in the regular season. On the way there, they beat the 49ers, who ended up losing in the Super Bowl.
Before being traded to the Vikings in 2008, Jared Allen spent four years in Kansas City. Kansas City used the franchise tag on Allen before trading him for a number of draft picks. With the picks the Chiefs got in return, they drafted Brandon Albert and Jamaal Charles.
Jared Allen has found a home as a Minnesota Viking. He has never missed a game there and will continue that streak after two minor surgeries.
Did you know Jared Allen had two surgeries on the same day?