Jared Allen DL CHI 5 Hrs

Allen (back) didn't partake in practice Thursday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Allen has so far failed to tally a sack in his first two games as a member of the Bears, but in his final campaign with the Vikings last year, he only notched one through the first three games, before finishing with double-digits (11.5, to be exact) for the seventh season in a row. As for his health, IDP owners should watch his status closely as Monday's game against the Jets in New York approaches, but his previous absence occurred in 2007, so he'll likely tough it out in Week 3.

Jared Allen DL CHI 3 Days

Allen had three tackles and recovered a fumble in the Bears' Week 2 victory over the 49ers.

While Allen was more active Sunday than he was in the team's season opener a week earlier, he hasn't yet made the impact on the pass rush the Bears had hoped for, after inking him to a four-year, $32 million deal in the summer. With 14 weeks left to play, it's too early to write Allen off just yet, especially with the 32-year-old coming off seven consecutive double-digit sack seasons.

Jared Allen DL CHI 23 Days

Allen (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

As expected, the bruised shoulder that kept Allen out of last Friday's preseason game appears to have only been a minor concern. He could sit out for the Bears' final exhibition Thursday against the Browns, but he's in no danger of being inactive for Week 1.

Jared Allen DL CHI 26 Days

Allen was held out of Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks due to a bruised shoulder, ESPN Chicago reports.

Allen's absence was likely just precautionary, as a player of his stature has little to gain by playing an exhibition game at less than optimal health. Expect him to return to action next week for the team's final preseason game, though he likely won't play more than a series or two.

Jared Allen DL CHI 1 Month

Allen made his Bears debut in Thursday's preseason game versus the Jaguars, when he made one tackle for loss.

Allen was excused from the team last weekend to attend to family matters, but returned with enough time to prepare for his first action as a Bear on Thursday. The accomplished defense end didn't play much, but his lone contribution came in the form of a tackle for loss, which should please a Chicago defense that struggled mightily last season.

Jared Allen DL CHI 1 Month

Allen, who hasn't practiced since last Friday, has been excused from the Bears to attend to family matters, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Allen's timetable to return to practice is uncertain at this point, although the Bears are certainly understanding of his situation. Additionally, for a player of Allen's pedigree, the preseason holds little importance. The 32-year-old still has plenty of time to acclimate himself to his new team and will continue to do so once he re-joins Chicago in practice.

Jared Allen DL CHI 6 Months

New Bears RE Jared Allen says he never seriously considered retirement, but wanted to play for a winning team.

"(Retirement) was never my intent, but my point was that (I wasn't) going to throw my cleats and pads on for a team that had no chance," Allen said. "It was never, 'Oh, if I don't get X amount of dollars, I'm walking away.'" It's why Allen reportedly turned down more money from the Raiders to sign with Chicago. Allen's "four-year, $32 million" deal includes $15.5 million guaranteed over the first two seasons.

Jared Allen DL CHI 6 Months

Jared Allen will serve as the Bears' right end in 2014.

It's Julius Peppers' old position, and the same spot Allen manned in Minnesota. He will be lining up opposite Lamarr Houston. Allen is not the pass-rushing force he was five years ago, but has notched at least 11 sacks every season since 2007.

Jared Allen DL CHI 6 Months3 Comments

Jared Allen reportedly turned down more money from the Raiders before signing with the Bears.

Jared Allen DL CHI 6 Months

Bears agreed to terms with DE Jared Allen on a four-year contract.