BBAO: Jared Allen on Gosder Cherilus

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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen's bluster can sometimes be worse than his bite, but it sounds as if Allen retains some true animosity for Detroit Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus. Allen is still upset over a series of low blocks from Cherilus, one of which sparked a brawl during a 2010 game, and wasn't shy about saying so during a conference call this week with Detroit-area reporters.

Allen said he has respect for 99.9 percent of the players in the NFL. Cherilus, he said, falls in the 0.1 percent. "[W]e haven't mended fences yet," Allen said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

Although Allen usually lines up on the right side of the Vikings' defensive line, where he is across from Lions left tackle Jeff Backus, Allen will no doubt see Cherilus at some point Sunday at the Metrodome. Allen has seven sacks in his past three games against the Lions.

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