The Vikings lost DE Jared Allen briefly during the second quarter against the Lions with what appeared to be a lower left leg injury. Allen was injured when he was hit below the knee by Lions OT Gosder Cherilus away from the play as he was turning upfield. There was no flag on the play, but Allen had to be restrained from going after Cherilus after he was able to make it to his feet. Allen was checked on by team trainers on the sideline, but returned for the next defensive series and doesn’t appear to be wearing a brace.
While the Vikings may have avoided a serious injury to Allen, the prognosis doesn’t appear to be as good for QB Gus Frerotte. Frerotte was carted to the locker room just before the end of the first half. Trainers had been stretching Frerotte on the turf and on a training table on the sidelines, indicating that he may be having a lower back issue. Frerotte appeared to be in pain.
The Vikings may not get the ball again this half, but will likely turn to backup Tarvaris Jackson, who began the season as the starter.