Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was fined $21,000 for his blindside hit of Bears guard Lance Louis.
Louis tore his left ACL, and he was placed on injured reserve Monday. The Bears on Tuesday signed former Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode for depth.
On the opening drive of the third quarter of Sunday’s 28-10 Bears victory, quarterback Jay Cutler was off mark on a pass to open receiver Brandon Marshall, who tipped the ball into the air. Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield intercepted it and sprinted down the left sideline.
Louis was turning toward Winfield, who passed him, and he was blindsided by Allen, who was trying to make a block. As he crumbled to the ground, Louis’ left leg appeared to get caught up in the turf.
“I thought it was a legal hit. He’s running to make a tackle, so I just made a block,” Allen said. “I turned around, he was trying to make a tackle, and I threw myself into him. Just trying to make a block, just like we’re taught.
“I’m never trying to hurt anybody. I’m trying to make a block and spring our guy. It’s unfortunate.”