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Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunately”

Jared Allen

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) shown during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is healthy and will be good to go for the first day of training camp. Not that he’s exactly thrilled about that.

Allen said on NFL AM that his surgically repaired shoulder is coming along nicely and he has no doubt that he’ll be ready to go on the first day of camp. But like a lot of veteran players, the 31-year-old Allen isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of sweating through hard practices in July and August.

“Unfortunately, yes,” Allen said when asked if he’ll be on the field at the start of camp. “I was hoping to get a couple weeks of training camp off. But training sounds pretty good and I’m ready to rock and roll.”

There have been some questions about whether Allen and the Vikings will work out a new contract, as he’s heading into the final year of his current deal. But Allen reiterated that he isn’t even thinking about that.

“I’m just focusing on my shoulder right now,” he said. “I’m in kind of a blessed place where both sides are honoring the contract that we signed.”

Whether it’s his last year in Minnesota or not, Allen is ready to go.