Irv Smith underwent thumb surgery today

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Vikings tight end Irv Smith left practice Monday and later returned but did not participate the rest of the afternoon. Now, we know why.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell announced Smith underwent surgery on his thumb Tuesday. The team, though, is not ruling out Smith’s return for the start of the season.

Smith is 11 months removed from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which kept him out of all of the 2021 season.

In 2020, Smith caught 30 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns.

Ben Ellefson, Johnny Mundt and Zach Davidson are behind Smith on the Vikings’ depth chart at the position.

9 responses to “Irv Smith underwent thumb surgery today

  1. At some point he needs to be available to play. Some folks are just always injured and this guy is going to be talked about as a bust before long. These are real injuries but some folks just seem to attract them. Irv is hurt every year.

  2. Irv Smith is hurt again. I am shocked. Don’t understand why they didn’t go after Rudolph for bargain salary.

  3. Good thing Mike Zimmer’s two-tight end offense has left town. It’s clear we’re never going to be able to count on Irv Smith to fulfill all the potential he had. He’ll catch another 30 passes in between injuries and be a free agent next spring.

  4. Just get ridif this guy! He can’t ever stay healthy! Agree they should have brought back Rudolf and cut this bust!

  5. Loved Rudolph but he’s only a blocking TE and Red Zone threat at this point in his career. The Vikings should go after Ebron. Smith should be available this season. May miss a game or two with the thumb injury.

  6. We’re approaching the bust label with this player. He seems to be made of glass.

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