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That was the case against the Packers, when Allen went unblocked and had a free run at Rodgers. Moments after Rodgers released the ball, Allen hit him high and knocked him down, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty.
When he looked at the tape last week, Childress said it didn't appear to be a helmet-to-helmet hit.
"It's like going from a green light to a red light without a yellow light in between," Childress said. "He's full-speed, on the gas, and the ball comes out. ... Without being a physics major, I don't think there's any way that you can stop on a dime."
Physics aside, that's exactly what could happen to the Vikings' quest for their first playoff appearance since 2004 if the NFL holds true to its historically hard-line nature when it comes to suspensions.
The league's reputation for sticking to its rulings does not bode well for the Vikings.
The issue has been hovering over the team for the last month, ever since reports that Kevin and Pat Williams tested positive. But quarterback Gus Frerotte, the only starter available in the locker room Monday, said he doesn't think it's had a negative affect on the team.
"I don't even worry about it. I don't even think about it. It doesn't bother me at all," Frerotte said. "It has nothing to do with me, so I don't even worry about it."
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