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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Tough guy test


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

In classic football-coach mentality, Minnesota coach Brad Childress made clear that defensive end Jared Allen's availability for Sunday's game against Green Bay will be based on his pain tolerance.

Allen sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder during Sunday's 28-21 victory over Houston. He finished the game with the aid of a pain-killing shot, according to Yahoo.com, and on Monday, Childress told Minnesota reporters:

"Pain tolerance is usually what [determines] whether or not you are physically able to go. Some people are able to take it and some people are able not to take it. I'd say it has to do with that."

No one has ever mistaken Allen for a sissy, but such a direct comment from the coach in essence submarines him before he tests out the injury in practice. Allen had his arm in a sling during a television appearance Sunday night, and the Vikings won't let him play if he can't defend himself. But if it's truly a matter of pain tolerance and toughness, then Childress hasn't given Allen any leeway when it comes to determining his availability for the Packers.

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