Kyle Rudolph went home to Ohio and laid on the couch and watched other people play football. Greg Camarillo flew from Minnesota to Miami to San Diego and back, spending as much time in the air as doing anything else. Chad Greenway, John Sullivan and Christian Ponder went pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Phil Loadholt went to a northern Minnesota resort with his family and did "absolutely nothing."
By and large, the theme of the bye week was getting out of town. But one player who had anything but a restful, uneventful bye week was Jared Allen.
Allen became a father Oct. 27 when his daughter, Brinley Noelle, joined the family and he said his bye week was ideal – even if busier than any he has experienced before. Sleep doesn't come easily with a newborn in the house, but Allen said the timing couldn't have been better.
"It couldn't have happened at a better time," Allen said. "We're on a bye week, had a couple of days off this week, my family is in town. It's a true blessing."
He has taken to fatherhood with the same intensity he pursues quarterbacks. Asked if he has been missing his normal amount of sleep with a baby in the house, Allen said everything is going as hoped.
"We're doing great," Allen said. "We have a good routine around my house. I'm an early riser, so I don't take much sleep. But she's been a good baby."
A lot of guys would define "a good routine" as being a honey-do type experience, but Allen said he's been in the mix – both good and bad – of being a first-time father.
"I'm in there," Allen said. "Diaper changing, bottling feeding, the whole nine. I'm into it."
Asked if he does his trademark calf roping move when he finishes a diaper change, Allen laughed and said there is no celebration involved with baby and a diaper pail.
"That's strictly football," Allen said.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.