Jared Allen wont be looking over his shoulder or down at his knees any more than usual when he sees the Bears next Sunday.
It was the Vikings defensive end who leveled guard Lance Louis and ended Louis season with a knee injury that has had the Bears organization scrambling on the offensive line ever since. Throwing a block after a teammates interception of Jay Cutler, Allen hit Louis high but in such a way that Louis suffered a season-ending knee injury.
But that play was on the fifth snap of the second half and if the Bears were going to exact any sort of retaliatory retribution, it likely would have happened at some point in the games remaining 28 minutes. So Allen is not expecting the Bears to go after him with intent to injure.
If they had a chance to retaliate during the game and didnt, like I said, there is nothing to retaliate, Allen said on Wednesday. It wasnt malicious. It wasnt done out of ill will. We had interception. A guy was running towards our guy to make a tackle and I threw a block.
Allen sought out offensive coordinator Mike Tice and left tackle JMarcus Webb after the game to inquire whether Louis was all right. When the answer was no, it was not what Allen wanted to hear.
My condolences are to him, Allen said. The intent is never to hurt anybody. You never want to hurt anybody. Unfortunately, thats part of our game and it happened. But you dont go into a game wandering what if. I play this game pure. My integrity of this game to me, I dont worry about.
The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.
He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.
Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.
Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.
The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.
Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.
The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.