Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen was set to miss the first four games of the 2007 season after being suspended by the league, but now that suspension has been dropped to just two games. The move means that the starter will be back on the field for the teams home opener on September 23rd vs the Vikings, and the bigger game the next week at home vs the rival Chargers. Allen was suspended for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Allen earned two DUI charges, which lead the league to hand down the punishment.
“My whole approach has changed now,” Allen said in the Kansas City Star Sunday. “With the whole four weeks, I was going to head back to Arizona and train as if I was in the offseason. Four weeks is quite a long time. Two weeks is a totally different game. Most likely I’ll just stay in Kansas City and stay ready to play. “I’m excited about this. It changes training camp for me. It will change the way I approach preseason.” Allen will give up his game checks for the two games that he misses.
Last season Allen played in all 16 Chiefs games, totalling 77 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He has played in 47 of 48 possible games for the Chiefs in his career, with 163 total tackles, 27.5 sacks, and one interception. The 6-foot-6, 270 DE out of Idaho State had 11 sacks back in 2005, and 9 in 2004. The Chiefs defense is sure to get a big boost when he returns to the lineup after he misses the first two games.