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07:56 AM ET 01.07 | For his part, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen didn't seem all that slowed this season. [Allen]will have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder after the season, he said. Allen has been playing with the injury all season, and still finished the year with 12 sacks, but will get a cleanup procedure done sometime after he plays in the Pro Bowl, he said. It will be the first time in the 30-year-old's career that he has needed surgery -- and the first operation he's had, Allen said, since he had his tonsils removed when he was five years old. "I played the whole year," he said. "I'm going to enjoy the Pro Bowl. I figure I'll at least get some warm weather and a pseudo-free vacation."

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January 7, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Most guys would use this as an excuse to avoid playing in the Pro Bowl.

January 7, 2013  08:20 AM ET

It's a wonder that he's never had surgery, he play the game real hard!!!!!

January 7, 2013  08:29 AM ET

It's great to see that picture of Danny DeVito again, though, isn't it?

January 7, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Most guys would use this as an excuse to avoid playing in the Pro Bowl.

He'll definitely avoid playing. And practicing.

He won't avoid Hawaii, though.

January 7, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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He'll definitely avoid playing. And practicing. He won't avoid Hawaii, though.

It's a beautiful place, but getting there is an ordeal. It's just a long, long flight.

January 7, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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It's a beautiful place, but getting there is an ordeal. It's just a long, long flight.

Still never been there. But the long flight sounds like no fun at all.

January 7, 2013  01:23 PM ET

The trick is to fly from where you are to San Fran spend the night, fly out the next day. San Fran to Hawaii I remember as 5 hours

January 7, 2013  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's great to see that picture of Danny DeVito again, though, isn't it?

I was thinking the exact same thing D....bwaahahaha

 
January 7, 2013  02:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's a beautiful place, but getting there is an ordeal. It's just a long, long flight.

Yeah... and it really sucks spending the first day or two sitting on the beach with Mai-Tai's recuperating from the flight.


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