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Despite Vikings' struggles, Allen still fired up

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By Dave Campbell

AP Sports Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings were on the wrong end of a blowout against New Orleans, and Jared Allen was on the sideline during the Saints' final possession.

That's not an unusual move to protect the health of a star player in the fourth quarter with the outcome long decided near the end of a lost season, particularly after he was chop-blocked during the previous series by center Brian De La Puente, drawing a penalty.

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