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Harrison Smith headed to IR/designated for return

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The Vikings were bracing themselves yesterday for a significant lack of Harrison Smith, and now there’s a time frame.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Vikings will place Smith on injured reserve/designated for return, which will keep him out eight weeks.

That leaves the door open for a return late in the year, and if Josh Freeman propels them into playoff contention, getting Smith back then would be a significant boost.

Surgery was reported as a possibility yesterday, but it was mentioned as something that would end his season. Apparently, the Vikings have reason to think a comeback is possible, causing them to leave the door ajar.

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18 Responses to “Harrison Smith headed to IR/designated for return”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 18, 2013 10:05 AM

    I hope Josh Freeman can put 40 points on the board every week because that’s what it’s going to take to win.

  2. scoops1 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:05 AM

    if Josh Freeman propels them into playoff contention, getting Smith back then would be a significant boost

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    bwhahahahahahahahahahahahha

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:06 AM

    I’ve been assured that the Vikings would be 5-0 if Harrison Smith hadn’t hurt his toe.

  4. longcutskolvikes says: Oct 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    I hope he takes his time to get healthy. No reason to jeopardize his future to finish 5-11. Plus, this will give us all the long awaited opportunity to see how Robert Blanton plays… I guess. We’ll see what the rest of the year holds. There’s a lot of defensive analysis that needs to take place. 2014 is a long ways away. I hope the Vikings can get off of the mat. Skol!

  5. teal379 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:22 AM

    That sucks – not a Vikings fan by any stretch but young guys need to play. Makes the league more fun.

    Hope he heals well.

  6. glennsyank13 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    Playoffs? Playoff?! Playoffs?

  7. monctonvike says: Oct 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    I would not bring him back unless the vikes had a serious turn around. Which is not likely at this point

  8. purpleguy says: Oct 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    Bummer — my team will now be even less relevant than they were before. And if anyone thinks Freeman is going to lead the team to the playoffs with only 2 weeks in the system, they’ve been out drinking a keg of warm PBR with a bunch of cheesers.

  9. fwippel says: Oct 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    For a team with a defense already in a tailspin, this is the worst news they could have received.

    Can someone explain why the Vikings have not inquired about obtaining Jairus Byrd?

  10. whatjusthapped says: Oct 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    Usually when the word “depth” is being discussed with regard to the Vikings, it is a reference to how far the team will sink.

    But look at the good news, 2014 is suppose to be deep at the Qb position so its not a bad year to finish poorly. That’s not to say that Spielman will make a wise choice when the Vikings are on the clock (assuming they get their pick in on time), history suggests otherwise, but it will fun to hear all the Viking fans back at it in the spring declaring yet another Superbowl run.

  11. conormacleod says: Oct 18, 2013 11:11 AM

    The defensive coordinator is much more disappointed than Smith himself. At least in 8 weeks Smith will still have a job.

  12. conormacleod says: Oct 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    The Ponder pick didn’t work out. But, it by no means defines Rick Spielman and his success in the draft. He has made outstanding choices.

    Smith, Rhodes, Patterson, Sharif Floyd, Kalil, Ponder, Harvin, AP, Greenway. Not a bad selection of first rounders in the last 8 years if you ask me. Not everybody can have Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck with the first pick like the Colts have been lucky enough to do.

    BTW: the time the Vikings didn’t get their pick in on time, which was 10 years ago? Ya, that pick was Kevin Williams. He has been anchoring the defensive line for more than a decade. So we can stop with that joke now.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:35 AM

    That playoffs statement is insane. I honestly believe this team does not win another game this year. I could throw four touchdown passes against their secondary.

    The Vikings offensive line is so horrendous that freeman won’t have any time to throw. The Vikings offense is not a quick passing offense like manning offenses, where he can get away with a mediocre line.

    How do the broncos lose their center, and both starting left tackles, and not miss a beat? It’s because they get rid of the ball so fast.

    The Vikings to me are the worst team in the league. The giants will destroy their secondary. It will be very ugly, and you will see a fire sale of veterans in the next two weeks.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 18, 2013 11:56 AM

    conormacleod says:Oct 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    BTW: the time the Vikings didn’t get their pick in on time, which was 10 years ago? Ya, that pick was Kevin Williams. He has been anchoring the defensive line for more than a decade. So we can stop with that joke now.
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    Not to mention that was long before anyone from the current regime was around, and it’s been well documented the Ravens caused the problem by backing out on a trade without telling the Vikings.

  15. truthserum4u says: Oct 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 18, 2013 11:56 AM

    Not to mention that was long before anyone from the current regime was around, and it’s been well documented the Ravens caused the problem by backing out on a trade without telling the Vikings.

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    And then karma came back to bite Ozzie in the butt when Chicago did the exact same thing to him a couple of years ago. Then he had the nerve to cry foul. They talk about his class, but frankly, I don’t see it.

  16. packersownthenorth says: Oct 18, 2013 2:55 PM

    Almost comical to see “playoffs” anywhere NEAR this article. Lose at home to Cleveland and Carolina – ha!

  17. wdnemesis says: Oct 18, 2013 3:13 PM

    Pondering how we will get to the playoffs with a defense that gives up so many points against offenses that are not top contenders.

  18. stevent92 says: Oct 18, 2013 5:02 PM

    PLAYOFFS?!?!?! PLAYOFFS? You kiddin’ me, PLAYOFFS? !?!?!

    I just hope we can win a game. PLAYOFFS?!?!?

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