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Report: Harrison Smith may need toe surgery

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There’s been so much attention paid to the quarterbacks and the play calling in Minnesota that their defensive shortcomings have flown a bit under the radar so far this season.

Last Sunday’s 35-10 loss to the Panthers shed some light on some of those problems, none of which were helped by safety Harrison Smith’s departure during the game with a turf toe injury. The 2012 first-round pick has been the best player in the Vikings secondary thus far and losing him left a struggling unit in even more trouble.

Things might not get better anytime soon. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Smith may need season-ending surgery to repair the issue with his toe. Nothing is imminent on the surgical front as the team hopes that the injury can heal without the operation, but, per Pelissero, two doctors have recommended that he have the operation.

Whatever happens with the surgery, Smith will be out for Monday night’s game against the Giants. Andrew Sendejo replaced Smith last weekend and is the likeliest starter in his place. Eli Manning probably won’t have too many better opportunities to turn his season around than the one the Vikings secondary will provide.

UPDATE 10:41 a.m. ET:  We’re now hearing chatter that Smith could be a candidate for injured reserve, with the designation to return.

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13 Responses to “Report: Harrison Smith may need toe surgery”
  1. dumplingsrbrown says: Oct 17, 2013 10:43 AM

    The good news for Eli: Harrison Smith was responsible for 40% of the Vikings interceptions this year.

  2. daysend564 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    dumplingsrbrown says:
    Oct 17, 2013 10:43 AM
    The good news for Eli: Harrison Smith was responsible for 40% of the Vikings interceptions this year.
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    You saying he’s only throwing 3 on Sunday then?

  3. fwippel says: Oct 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    The only quality player in an already weak secondary. Have the Vikings even considered going after Jairus Byrd?

  4. purpleguy says: Oct 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    The only good thing, if that’s possible to say, about the Vikings secondary this year.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    They might be in the running for the tip overall pick. It will be fun to watch them waste it!

  6. AD2K5 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:07 AM

    Crap, the hits just keep on coming…

  7. airstreamtex says: Oct 17, 2013 11:16 AM

    my favorite player in the league – damn that sucks!

  8. tremoluxman says: Oct 17, 2013 11:54 AM

    Bring back Winfield – Now. Can he be any worse than what’s they have? No. Time to eat crow and swallow pride because the season may depend on it.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:04 PM

    Will this impact the Vikings status a Superbowl contender?

  10. brocklanders819 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:22 PM

    Why would a loser team want to bring in a high priced player like Byrd? They aren’t going anywhere dude! Save your draft picks and money.

  11. asherallencanttackle says: Oct 17, 2013 12:58 PM

    2 – 14. Eli will throw for 350+ yards Monday night

  12. champs794 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:50 PM

    Time to write off this season and come up with a catchy slogan like “Suck for Luck”.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:23 PM

    Hopefully Harrion will have successful camel toe surgery so he can quickly return to the Vikings.

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