Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was **fined $50,000 by the NFL** today for two low hits on quarterback Matt Schaub during last Sunday's game. Schaub suffered an injury to his left MCL as a result of the hits to his knee by Allen, both of which came in the first half of the Texans' 28-21 loss.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com notes that Allen, who plans to appeal the fine, **avoided a possible suspension.**
But Allen did suffer a separated shoulder on **a hit from Texans guard Chester Pitts** and is doubtful for the Vikings' game against the Packers this weekend, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports.
Schaub was coming off **the best game of his career** in a Week 8 over the Cincinnati Bengals and had led the Texans to three consecutive wins prior to being knocked out of the Minnesota game. He played through the end of the first half despite suffering the MCL injury early in the second quarter against the Vikings, but now will miss two-to-four weeks as he rehabs his leg.
In his four games prior the injury, Schaub had completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 1,233 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions, compiling a 113.6 passer rating.