"I played the whole year," he told the newspaper. "I'm going to enjoy the Pro Bowl. I figure I'll at least get some warm weather and a pseudo-free vacation."
Allen, 30, led the defense with 12 sacks in 2012. This is the first time he has needed a surgical procedure during his NFL playing career.
ESPN 1500 notes Allen was first placed on the injury list with a shoulder issue in November.
Minnesota’s season ended Saturday with a one-and-done playoff appearance, losing to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, 24-10.