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Report: Sharrif Floyd knee injury could be career ending

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Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd’s career could be over as a result of a knee injury and subsequent surgical complications.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Floyd suffered nerve damage when he had surgery in September to repair a torn meniscus, and the injury is putting his career in jeopardy.

“Sharrif is rehabbing, has seen some of the best doctors in the country, will continue to rehab and hopefully, this will heal sooner than later,” said Floyd’s agent, Brian Mackler.

Floyd’s $6.757 million base salary this season is guaranteed for injury as the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. But at 25 years old he likely had many years left to play and tens of millions of dollars left to earn beyond 2017. This injury puts that future in question.

Floyd suffered the injury in September but the Vikings initially said they didn’t think it would be serious. It wasn’t until December that they placed him on injured reserve.

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  1. redlikethepig says: Mar 30, 2017 4:22 PM

    What a lucky team.

  2. blitzinc43 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:23 PM

    As a close friend of the organization his draft day drop is directly a big deal now.

  3. nathanp2013 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:24 PM

    Sounds like there is an expensive malpractice suit around the corner.

  4. terminalmancer says: Mar 30, 2017 4:26 PM

    I’m a Packers fan and that Sucks. You hate to see someone get hurt and lose a career like that, especially so young. Fingers crossed that the nerve or nerves regrow and he can live normally even if his career is over.

  5. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:27 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Mortician.

  6. edenprairieballer says: Mar 30, 2017 4:28 PM

    This guy has terrible luck. Good player and seems like a good guy. Let’s hope he can get that knee fixed!

  7. scoops1 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:28 PM

    That’s a Shame….

  8. seanskol says: Mar 30, 2017 4:28 PM

    The way he’s played so far, it looks like he’s had a debilitating injury since draft night.

  9. h0metownzero says: Mar 30, 2017 4:28 PM

    Like coach McCarthy always says, something just happens once you put on that purple.

  10. jafo1265 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:31 PM

    That sucks…

  11. whatjusthapped says: Mar 30, 2017 4:33 PM

    What is it with first round draft picks of the Minnesota Vikings?

    Ok, Christian Ponder, Troy Williamson, Percy Harvin, Matt Kalil, Cordarrelle Patterson, Trae Waynes and Treadslow just suck but the injuries to Floyd and Baby Hands Bridgewater suggest a curse. Is the same curse that sent that 12 man into the huddle or cause a FG to shank a 27 yarder?

  12. truthbetold109 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:34 PM

    This is too bad. I truly hate to see people get hurt and lose their livelihood.

  13. raiddawgz says: Mar 30, 2017 4:35 PM

    Very sad to hear. Good luck Sharrif

  14. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 30, 2017 4:37 PM

    That is really unfortunate. The guy was a great player when healthy. I hope he makes it back to full strength.

    I kind of wonder if there’s a malpractice suit possible here? If there was nerve damage with a torn meniscus, it either happened during surgery or it happened because of the injury and the surgeon didn’t address it.

  15. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:39 PM

    I always called him Sharrif (Pink) Floyd.

    How prophetic.

  16. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 30, 2017 4:40 PM

    this is crappy news! Good luck kid! lots of life still to live! Save your $$$.

  17. nflpoker says: Mar 30, 2017 4:41 PM

    There was talk about Floyd’s knee injury being that serious. If there is nerve damage, I cannot see him coming back It’s sad.

    Good luck to him.

  18. dawoger says: Mar 30, 2017 4:41 PM

    Unfortunate that so many decent players waste their careers in Barneyland.

  19. purplefaithful says: Mar 30, 2017 4:43 PM

    Good this nerve damage didn’t show up until a year later or it could have affected getting that 5th year option.

  20. dukeblue12 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:44 PM

    Someone’s gettin sued

  21. deltaoracle says: Mar 30, 2017 4:48 PM

    Hate to see anyone lose their career to injury. Good luck to him.

  22. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:49 PM

    6 million should set him up for life, but it is a shame his 1st career is over at 25. Hope he heals up to live a active life.

  23. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 30, 2017 4:51 PM

    The key sentence here is, “Floyd suffered the injury in September but the Vikings initially said they didn’t think it would be serious.”

    My guess is that by continuing to play, he ravaged that ligament to the point that it disintegrated/frayed, causing severe damage to the joint. Not only would that make reattaching the ligament more problematic, but frays and chips can create damage in the joint that is sometimes beyond repair.

    I hope he makes a full recovery. He should probably go to Europe for some of that PRP that gave Pau Gasol’s knees new life.

  24. ikeclanton says: Mar 30, 2017 4:53 PM

    Sharrif don’t like it…

  25. nathanp2013 says: Mar 30, 2017 4:53 PM

    whatjusthapped
    ——————
    Shall we dig deep in the atrocity of the Packers first round picks of the last decade?

    Derrick Sherrod, Datone Jones, Nick Perry (except 12 games from a bottle), BJ Raji, Justin Harrell, Forefitted, AJ Hawk, Bubba Franks, Javon Walker, Kenny Clark, Damorious Randall, Jamal Alexander, Ahmad Carroll… that’s 13 out of the last 17 first rounders have been busts.

    Say what you want about Waynes, but Waynes (our 3rd CB) is better than anyone you have in your secondary.

  26. josh1973sun says: Mar 30, 2017 5:06 PM

    Just horrible, that is not the way it is supposed to go. Frankly, it is amazing this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often.

    Best wishes to him for a full recovery.

  27. campcouch says: Mar 30, 2017 5:07 PM

    Hopefully he takes that 3 mil left after taxes and squirrels it away or invests a portion into something that actually gains. Let’s not act like everyone is frugal with their money. We all splurge when we get a pay increase, even if we’re saving, so a 25 year old who’s made a few million, probably didn’t plan for being wealthy, he planned on being rich. Maybe this changes his long-term goals even if he heals up to continue playing.

  28. maverick2560 says: Mar 30, 2017 5:10 PM

    Looks like a big malpractice lawsuit coming someone’s way.
    If so, maybe Floyd is better off….gets his lost wages and some pain and
    suffering tax free. As far as his career it is a shame.

  29. h0metownzero says: Mar 30, 2017 5:11 PM

    Zimmer said he looks just fine.

    But I’m not sure which eye he was using.

  30. edenprairieballer says: Mar 30, 2017 5:11 PM

    Check out all of the Green Bay Packer fans gloating about a potential career ending knee injury.

    I guess class doesn’t come with winning all of those Super Bowls.

  31. clamdiggers says: Mar 30, 2017 5:17 PM

    Should still be able make a 15 yard FG

  32. whatjusthapped says: Mar 30, 2017 5:18 PM

    nathanp2013 says:

    Shall we dig deep in the atrocity of the Packers first round picks of the last decade?
    ——————
    Geez, and all we did was win a Superbowl and make 8 straight playoff performances including two other NFC Championship games. I guess the fact that the draft has 7 rounds makes it important that you draft well in all the rounds. How many playoff games have the Vikings won in the last decade? Answer, Peterson has 4 times that number in just fumbles in the playoff games.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 30, 2017 5:20 PM

    Which begs to wonder why these guys making millions every year don’t spend 50 or 100k of it on an insurance policy.

    He could be putting 10-20 million tax free in his pocket if he’d done so.

    Instead of most them buy cars for their buddies, houses for multiple people in their extended families, piss it away on things that do not have great resale values especially when you’re trying to move them quickly.

    He better be careful with his injury guaranteed salary from this season because it sounds like it could well be his last.

  34. tjacks7 says: Mar 30, 2017 5:20 PM

    My guess is that by continuing to play, he ravaged that ligament to the point that it disintegrated/frayed, causing severe damage to the joint.

    Well, you’re guess is wrong because Floyd didn’t continue to play. He played in the first game of the season then missed the remaining 15 games…

  35. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 30, 2017 5:21 PM

    Bummer Dude. Get better, we need ya!

  36. tedmurph says: Mar 30, 2017 5:27 PM

    Not a Vikings fan, but their luck has been ridiculously bad.

  37. cottonjoe66 says: Mar 30, 2017 5:35 PM

    I didn’t know Tommy Kramer’s encore career was surgery. Regardless, Packers Nation wishes the best for Sharrif.

  38. shaggytoodle says: Mar 30, 2017 5:39 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 4:53 PM
    Shall we dig deep in the atrocity of the Packers first round picks of the last decade?

    Derrick Sherrod, Datone Jones, Nick Perry (except 12 games from a bottle), BJ Raji, Justin Harrell, Forefitted, AJ Hawk, Bubba Franks, Javon Walker, Kenny Clark, Damorious Randall, Jamal Alexander, Ahmad Carroll… that’s 13 out of the last 17 first rounders have been busts.
    _________________________

    This really shows how little knowledge you ahve onn this topic, you are putting players that haven’t played 3 seasons, is foolish. You also have the franchise leading tackler, and SB Champion in AJ Hawk a bust, and “forfeited” !?!? No the Patriots have forfeited picks, GB traded back. That and the fact that they have NEVER drafted, anyone named Alexander in the 1st round.

    Also I wouldn’t call Floyd, Sherrod, or Harrell a bust, they too injured to be given a grade.

    Then you boast about Waynes your 3rd CB? Sounds like you put him on the bust list, because I don’t know many CBs drafted in the top 11 that are playing Nickleback going into their 3rd year is a pro, but I can’t grade him yet, as he hasn’t played enough to determine that though.

  39. originate421 says: Mar 30, 2017 5:53 PM

    Whatjusthappened
    ————————-
    30+ years of hall of fame qb and you guys have a bunch of playoff appearances and your counting your consecutivr playoff appearances! Top 3 QB in todays NFL ensures a playoff berth… I’m glad you are happy with lucking your way in2 out of the last 3 years.

    Eli Manning is laughing at Erin’s mediocrity. Enjoy the whithering years of Erin’s carreer before you are back to being irrelevant like the 70’s and 80’s.

    The Vikings had Favre for 1 good year and we Got jobbed out of a SB by the refs and bounties. I am not saying if we had Favre for 18 years we would have won 18 SB’s… but we would have done a lot better than 1.

  40. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 30, 2017 5:54 PM

    I hate to see this happen to anyone.

    Then again, did his career ever really begin?

    >

  41. chris1cat says: Mar 30, 2017 6:10 PM

    Rock N’ Skol man. All of the purple faithful are hoping for the best for you!

  42. truthbetold109 says: Mar 30, 2017 6:19 PM

    originate421 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 5:53 PM
    Whatjusthappened
    ————————-
    30+ years of hall of fame qb and you guys have a bunch of playoff appearances and your counting your consecutivr playoff appearances! Top 3 QB in todays NFL ensures a playoff berth… I’m glad you are happy with lucking your way in2 out of the last 3 years.

    Eli Manning is laughing at Erin’s mediocrity. Enjoy the whithering years of Erin’s carreer before you are back to being irrelevant like the 70’s and 80’s.

    The Vikings had Favre for 1 good year and we Got jobbed out of a SB by the refs and bounties. I am not saying if we had Favre for 18 years we would have won 18 SB’s… but we would have done a lot better than 1.
    ____________________

    Because you won so many with the purple people eater defense and HOF QB Fran Tarkenton.

  43. shaggytoodle says: Mar 30, 2017 6:27 PM

    The Vikings had Favre for 1 good year and we Got jobbed out of a SB by the refs and bounties. I am not saying if we had Favre for 18 years we would have won 18 SB’s… but we would have done a lot better than 1.
    ___________________

    You are so delusional, those envelopes with money in them in the locker room didn’t take away your SB dreams, you are going to blame the refs and ignore, the FIVE turnovers that the Vikings had.

    I also find it cute that you have “imaginary Superbowl wins” IF You would would have had Favre. Tarkenton and Moon have 0 with Minnesota, Minnesota also had one of IF NOT the BEST offense to ever take the field in the history of the game with a QB I would argue belongs in the HOF in Cunningham, and still couldn’t make it the SB.

    The best athlete to ever play RB has one playoff win to his name. So don’t sit here and tell me about all the SBs they would have won, if the Vikings knew how to develop a QB, or find a great one.

    People have seen Elvis in concert, more recently, than the Vikings in a Superbowl.

  44. bighoser says: Mar 30, 2017 6:48 PM

    “The Vikings had Favre for 1 good year and we Got jobbed out of a SB by the refs and bounties. I am not saying if we had Favre for 18 years we would have won 18 SB’s… but we would have done a lot better than 1.”
    —-
    Yeah, because they won so many SBs when they had another Hall of Fame QB back in the Seventies (Tarkenton).

  45. officialgame says: Mar 30, 2017 7:10 PM

    Somehow whenever Bradford shows up bad things begin to happen. Look it up and don’t blame the messenger. I hope the kid can come back from his injury.

  46. skyflyer63 says: Mar 30, 2017 7:36 PM

    “People have seen Elvis in concert, more recently, than the Vikings in a Superbowl.”

    I literally spit the water I was drinking out of my mouth when I read that… You sir have won the internet today.

  47. mnvikes1961 says: Mar 30, 2017 7:56 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Mar 30, 2017 4:28 PM

    Like coach McCarthy always says, something just happens once you put on that purple.

    _______________

    Like Favre having the best season of his career for one.

  48. originate421 says: Mar 30, 2017 8:03 PM

    Wow… Packer nation is instantly upset when they realize that the have won 1/3 pf the superbowls they should have given the arm talent. Bad coaching, bad team, delusional fans.

    BTW – there was only a few teams when Packer fans anointed themselves as title town. Modern SuperBowl era they are behind real dynasties.

  49. jchemengr says: Mar 30, 2017 8:30 PM

    A meniscus tear shouldn’t end up this way, should it?

  50. discodonniethetrumpettes says: Mar 30, 2017 8:32 PM

    He is a multi millionaire. I’ve seen lineworkers get their arms torn off on machinery on the job. They are not millionaires and “Lefty” is a trite nickname.

  51. cribbage12 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:15 PM

    Feel badly for the dude. When the Vikes drafted him I thought, crap, another John Randle wrecking the NFCN.

  52. shaggytoodle says: Mar 30, 2017 10:22 PM

    originate421 says:
    Mar 30, 2017 8:03 PM
    Wow… Packer nation is instantly upset when they realize that the have won 1/3 pf the superbowls they should have given the arm talent. Bad coaching, bad team, delusional fans.
    ______________________

    No, they get upset when a fan base is trying to tell them “How many they should have won” When their own team has NEVER won a Super Bowl and they haven’t been to one in 40 years.

    That would be like me, trying to tell a Minnesotan the right way to make Lutefisk.

  53. musicallead says: Mar 30, 2017 10:30 PM

    With all of the advances in sports medicine you almost forget that this still can happen. Concussions seem to take the spotlight these days but for a guy that young have such a bad injury, a career ending injury, is sad.

  54. fwippel says: Mar 31, 2017 9:42 AM

    Very upsetting to see this happen. Floyd is a beast when healthy. What the heck else could go wrong for this team?

    As a Viking fan, it is becoming almost impossible to believe that this team is not cursed.

  55. atleastidontliveinwi says: Mar 31, 2017 10:01 AM

    Wow I didn’t even think the classless packer fans would jump on an injury boy was i wrong the top level of classless fans goes to the Packers get a life no true fan would ever say the BS yall are saying what a joke of a fan base.
    Good Luck Sharrif get better hope to see you on Sunday’s again….
    Its punch a packer fan weekend any packer fan you see just punch them they have proven they deserve it

  56. stellarperformance says: Mar 31, 2017 10:04 AM

    ….I shot the Sharr-ifffff…….but-I-did-not-shoot-the
    De-pu-tyyyy.

  57. RegisHawk says: Mar 31, 2017 10:42 AM

    “People have seen Elvis in concert, more recently, than the Vikings in a Superbowl.”

    I literally spit the water I was drinking out of my mouth when I read that… You sir have won the internet today.

    I’m wondering how many Millenials had to Google Elvis…

  58. h0metownzero says: Mar 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    This is more proof that MN is just plain incompetent.

  59. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 31, 2017 11:09 AM

    Who was the physician?

    Was it the almighty Dr. James Andrews???

  60. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 31, 2017 11:14 AM

    officialgame says:
    Mar 30, 2017 7:10 PM

    Somehow whenever Bradford shows up bad things begin to happen. Look it up and don’t blame the messenger. I hope the kid can come back from his injury.
    ———————————–
    It all started after Bridge tore up his knee…

  61. originate421 says: Mar 31, 2017 11:16 AM

    Shaggy
    ———-
    You guys have wasted Erin Rodgers and Bret Favre in QB driven eras. Yeah, Fran didn’t get his in an era that I didn’t live in and I am sure GB fans are going keep talking about the victories GB had in an 8 team league from era they didn’t see… but it doesn’t change the fact that green day has squandered their opportunity with 2 elite QB’s and are permanently declining in relevancy. The next 3 decades are going to be so sweet… like the Magic Man days.

    Enjoy your memorable playoff collapses while it lasts… next stop being the Buffalo Bills… and it’s is already on the way. Erin is going to abandon you soon for soy milk.

  62. brewdogg says: Mar 31, 2017 12:20 PM

    Give Shaggy credit, he is not one of the typical trolls on here. If he burns you for talking nonsense in response to a Packer troll talking nonsense, you had it coming….

    You all know I am a Viking fan and Packer loather, but the whole Favre/Rodgers and only 2 SB thing is ridiculous. Dan Fouts? Marino? Moon, Cunningham, Kelly…. Some of the QBs in the discussion for the top of their era never won one. It’s just silly…..

    Fliyd showed flashes of why he was picked high, but injuries derailed him. It happens. Good luck moving forward, buddy. Don’t destroy your ability to live your life trying to come back.

  63. shaggytoodle says: Mar 31, 2017 4:16 PM

    originate421 says:
    _______

    Judging by your childish insults by misspelling names, I gather you don’t know much about the timeline of the NFL…. QBs. Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and Dan Marino talk about “If I got to play with todays rules.”

    Favre played 70% of his career before they became more QB friendly. Everyone talks about how his completion % went up in Minnesota… of course it did he didn’t have to squeeze it into as tight of a window with DBs draped all over his receiver.

    Are memorable playoff collapses, better than memorable regular season collapses? A team to miss the playoffs after starting 5-0 which the Vikings have done twice now, is better than making a playoff run?

    GB isn’t the first team to have a bunch of close calls (Steve Young’s 9ers, Colts/Manning), and won’t be the last. Every team faces adversity every season, and only one gets to win the title, but being a fan of a team that has ever done that, I can see why its hard for you to appreciate that, since heartbreak is the only thing you know.

  64. stellarperformance says: Mar 31, 2017 5:26 PM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:42 AM
    As a Viking fan, it is becoming almost impossible to believe that this team is not cursed.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    That’s because they are cursed. For real. There used to be a traveling championship trophy in the NFL, right up until the Lombardi trophy replaced it.

    It was called the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy. The Vikings were the last team to possess it. They lost it. No joke.

    They’ve been cursed ever since.

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