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Sharrif Floyd not running, optimistic he’ll play this year

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Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd played 25 snaps in the 2016 opener and then missed the rest of the season with a knee injury that has yet to resolve itself.

Floyd has not been able to resume running and said Wednesday that he is dealing with a nerve issue that is affecting his right quad’s ability to work properly. The nature of the injury and the length of Floyd’s absence may have some wondering if he’ll be able to rejoin the team for the regular season, but the 2013 first-rounder is optimistic.

“It’s not a matter of if,” Floyd said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “It’s a matter of when.”

The Vikings likely share that hope, but they can’t really build a plan that involves a major role for a player who can’t run at this point in the calendar. They drafted Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round and signed Will Sutton to fill out the defensive tackle group in the event they do have to continue playing without Floyd.

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20 Responses to “Sharrif Floyd not running, optimistic he’ll play this year”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: May 31, 2017 12:57 PM

    It may be a matter of when, but if the when is 2024, that isn’t going to do the Vikings much good.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: May 31, 2017 12:58 PM

    The Vikings aren’t counting on Floyd to play this year and they have improved their DT depth accordingly. Anything they get from Floyd will be considered a bonus.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: May 31, 2017 1:03 PM

    You don’t have to be able to run to be able to play for the Vikings. Look at Laquon Treadwell.

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  4. fwippel says: May 31, 2017 1:16 PM

    Sincerely hope Floyd is able to get back on the field. He’s a force when healthy, and the Vikings run defense missed his presence last year.

  5. Brobokil says: May 31, 2017 1:21 PM

    Tokyo, sometimes there’s a semblance of truth to the ridiculous things you say, but this one is just plain hapless and tasteless.

  6. FlashPatterson says: May 31, 2017 1:22 PM

    Cut him… he is cursed.

  7. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 31, 2017 1:23 PM

    He’s running enough to be the Packers starting RB

  8. harrisonhits2 says: May 31, 2017 1:28 PM

    He better have been smart with his NFL money he may not get much more.

  9. kneedragr says: May 31, 2017 2:01 PM

    An athlete weighing 300lbs, not being able to run for that length of time, you gotta wonder if he will ever perform again at the NFL level. Unfortunately our bodies are really good at discarding ability if its not used consistently.

  10. GenXJ says: May 31, 2017 2:06 PM

    Another freaky injury, other than Teddy’s, that most people would agree walking normally is a blessing.

  11. purpleguy says: May 31, 2017 2:15 PM

    So if he can’t run and exercise that leg, the question is whether there will be enough muscle development to effectively play on it when the nerve is fully regenerated. I bet that’s another year down the road. He’ll have an honorary table in the trainer’s room next to Teddy for the next year.

  12. cribbage12 says: May 31, 2017 2:24 PM

    Sounds like the Vikings will be sans Shariff.

  13. Purple People Eaters says: May 31, 2017 2:37 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    May 31, 2017 2:24 PM
    Sounds like the Vikings will be sans Shariff.

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    Is that a font pun? Not bad.

    Sounds to me like there’s not going to be a New Shariff in Town.

  14. bigdbaby says: May 31, 2017 3:11 PM

    Cowboys trading out of the first for Travis Frederick instead of taking Sharif is looking good now!!

  15. h0metownzero says: May 31, 2017 3:45 PM

    I called him Sharrif (Pink) Floyd as soon as he was drafted by MN – even as Viking fans insisted he was their Reggie White.

    Boy, was I ever prophetic.

  16. kmossg says: May 31, 2017 3:54 PM

    Unfortunate situation for Shariff, the nerve injury happened during surgery for a different issue. Hope he can make it back.

  17. clayjtitan66 says: May 31, 2017 4:22 PM

    Another Spielman bust.
    #WorstGMInSports

  18. flviking says: May 31, 2017 5:30 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    May 31, 2017 3:45 PM
    I called him Sharrif (Pink) Floyd as soon as he was drafted by MN – even as Viking fans insisted he was their Reggie White.

    Boy, was I ever prophetic.

    /////////////

    Boy, you must have some very long arms to pat yourself on the back.

  19. filthymcnasty3 says: May 31, 2017 6:45 PM

    This is the sober Floyd – right?

  20. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 1, 2017 10:14 AM

    no hometown, you’re more pathetic as usual.

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