Vikings' Allen: Hit on Bears' Louis 'was legal'

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Vikings' Allen: Hit on Bears' Louis 'was legal'

On the opening drive of the second half, Jay Cutler was intercepted by Antoine Winfield, who returned the pick 31 yards to the Chicago 40-yard line. Although the interception was only a minor setback for the Bears in their 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, an injury to guard Lance Louis on the return could end up being very costly.

Louis was hammered by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen on a block, left the game with a left knee injury and never returned.

I thought it was a legal hit, Allen said. Hes running to make a tackle, so I just went to block him.

Allen, who is widely considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL, was quick to point out there was no malice behind the hit.

I never intentionally try to hurt anybody," Allen said. I turned around, he was running trying to make a tackle and I threw myself into him to try to make a block just like were taught.

Someone on the Vikings coaching staff clued Allen in to the extent of the damage.

I think coach said he hurt his knee or something after that," Allen said. My condolences to him and his family. I never ever try to intentionally hurt anybody. Im just trying to make a block and spring our guy down the sidelines, the injury is unfortunate.

So does Allen expect to be receiving a call from the league for a possible fine?

Thats nothing I can deal with, Allen said. I cant worry about that.

The Vikings get a chance for revenge two weeks from now in Minnesota. Allen will likely be on the field for that game. As far as Louis, we will just have to wait and see how severe the injury Allen caused ends up being.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty