Report: Irv Smith Jr. out 8-10 weeks with ankle injury

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The Vikings’ trade for tight end T.J. Hockenson on Tuesday made it likelier that the team will move on without Irv Smith Jr. after this season and a report about Smith’s ankle injury suggests he may have already played his last game for the Vikings.

Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain in last Sunday’s win over the Cardinals and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he is expected to miss 8-10 weeks as a result of the injury.

That timeline leaves the door open for Smith to return to action, especially if the Vikings remain on their current trajectory and make it to the playoffs. The length of the layoff and the possibility for complications in recovery that delay his return could mean that he doesn’t make it back before the season is out.

Smith has 22 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season. The 2019 second-round pick missed all of the 2021 season with a knee injury and has 88 catches for 844 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 career games.

9 responses to “Report: Irv Smith Jr. out 8-10 weeks with ankle injury

  1. Smith is very talented but had too many injuries to ever fulfill that talent with production. It would be pretty interesting to have him back for the playoffs and unveil a two-tight end offense that they haven’t shown all year.

  2. We need to get rid of this guy. He doesn’t produce and he’s always hurt! Dump him Vikes!

  3. I wish him the best, but he just can’t stay on the field. So I assume the Vikings would move on after this season

  4. Another Bama bust.5 stars against 3 and 4 always look good but in the NFL you play against 5 stars every game.

  5. Irv (riding the pine) Smith is toast and deservedly so. His catching is marginal, his ability to get open is dubious and his health is a non-stater. Did I mention his speed is zero, think thick calves, the first sign of a slow runner, but he is not strong either. All in all the guy was very overrated.

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