Vikings Place Harrison Smith On Short-Term IR
By Allen Kim
With a primetime matchup against the New York Giants up next on the schedule, the Minnesota Vikings will have to keep Eli Manning and company in check without a key member of their secondary. The Vikings have placed FS Harrison Smith on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a turf toe injury from last week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, and he’ll be out of action for pretty much the rest of the season.
Smith is eligible to return to practice in Week 13, but he won’t be able to get on the field and actually play until Week 15 when they face the Philadelphia Eagles. That would allow him to play in the final three regular season games before the playoffs start.
Coach Leslie Frazier announced that Andrew Sendejo will be moving into the starting lineup to take the place of Smith.
“Andrew, Mistral, Robert Blanton, those guys will do a good job when they’re in there; Jamarca is going to be out there,” said Frazier. “They’re all going to do a good job, they worked hard in practice and prepared well and they’ll play well.”