Irv Smith Jr. “right on schedule” in return from knee injury

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The Vikings planned for Irv Smith Jr. to be their top tight end during the 2021 season, but a knee injury in August forced the team to come up with a new approach at the position.

Smith had to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus and wound up missing the entire season. Tyler Conklin took over as the No. 1 tight end, but he moved on to the Jets as a free agent last month and that puts Smith back in the position as the clear top guy at the position group.

On Tuesday, head coach Kevin O’Connell said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, that Smith is “right on schedule” and that the team will take it slow in order to ensure that remains the case.

“Get him right back to where he was, if not better, stronger,” O’Connell said.

Smith said he’s optimistic he’ll be 100 percent when it is time to get back on the field and that would finally allow the Vikings to see last year’s plans in action.

8 responses to “Irv Smith Jr. “right on schedule” in return from knee injury

  1. Top 50 pick averaging 33 catches per year. Nice (for Bears, Lions, Packers fans)

  2. I always think of Sharriff Floyd when these routine knee surgeries come up. A botched surgery ended his career

  3. Irv Smith is in his 3rd season. He was the number # TE behind Rudolf\ph until last year when he got hurt. If you add Rudolphs targets and receptions to Smiths the numbers are the same as Hockenson in Detroit who is a #1. Three packer TE’s combined had 61 receptions with 2 TD’s with no TE catching more than 29 catches. The Bears dont count because they throw to TE’s 80% of the time. Smith had 30 receptions and 5 TD’s in his last season combined with Rudolph and Conklin they had 76 receptions and 8 TD’s with Smith leading the way as a #2 TE. So ya Ill take the Vikings TE over any of the others in the Division.

  4. Meniscus injuries are a bummer — hope the injury is fully healed and doesn’t recur. Don’t know why its a big deal to compare other NFCN TEs — there are several good ones. However the Lions’ TE should be good given his draft position.

  5. The worst part of the injury was that Spielman felt the need to trade a 4th-round pick to the Jets for Chris Herndon, who did nothing. Now we’re missing a 4th-round pick this year, which makes it very difficult to maneuver around the draft. I’m glad they’re both gone.

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