Jared Allen apologetic for hit on Bears lineman

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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But Frazier insists Allen is still having a major impact on the game even if he's not driving quarterbacks into the turf as often as he did last year.

"He's no different than any other competitor. He wants to help our football team win and sometimes sacks help that to happen," Frazier said. "It is frustrating, but at the same time, he knows where we are as a team and whatever it takes to help us to win, that's what he wants to do."

The Vikings (6-5) face a similar situation this week against the Packers (7-4), who have struggled to protect Aaron Rodgers just like the Bears had struggled to protect Cutler. Rodgers has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league this season.

As the Vikings found out last week, some problems up front don't automatically mean a feeding frenzy for Allen, Brian Robison and the rest of Minnesota's accomplished defensive line.

"If you can get a lead when you've got a group of guys that can rush the passer, then you have a chance," Frazier said. "But if it's a game that's in the balance or you're behind, it's hard to rush the passer."

That said, the Vikings sure could use another big-time game from Allen against the Packers, a team he has tormented since joining the Vikings in 2008. Allen has sacked Rodgers 12½ times, more than any other quarterback, including a monster 4½-sack game in 2009.

"We need him to have a big game for us," Frazier said. "He's a guy that garners so much attention when he's on the field. But it would be great to see one of those two- or three-sack games. But I've got a feeling they're going to do some things to try to keep that from happening."

NOTES: WR Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. Frazier said he would need to see progress during practice on Friday to feel good about dressing him against the Packers. "It would be hard to put him out there in a game without seeing him run around a little bit more than what he did on Wednesday," Frazier said. " ... TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) practiced after missing Wednesday and Frazier said he is on track to play Sunday.

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