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Vikings’ Irv Smith Jr. to undergo knee surgery, likely to miss 2021 season

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Vikings’ Irv Smith Jr. to undergo knee surgery, likely to miss 2021 season

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Sep 02
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Minnesota Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. has to go under the knife to repair his knee, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who announced the news on Twitter.

“Vikings’ TE Irv Smith underwent surgery to repair his meniscus [yesterday morning],” wrote Schefter. “With a 4-5 month recovery timetable, it is most likely to end his season, per sources.”

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer could not give details on Smith’s recovery.

“I never heard the six-to-eight-month thing,” Zimmer told media. “We’ll just see where it goes. A lot of times, you can’t really tell on that until you get in there.”

With Smith potentially out for the rest of the season, the Vikings have recently secured Chris Herndon from the New York Jets.

Last season, Smith had to be sidelined in Week 13 due to a back problem. The 23-year-old also had to receive groin injury treatments in November 2020.

An alumnus of the University of Alabama, Smith was selected by the Vikings in the 2019 NFL Draft. He made his professional debut against the Atlanta Falcons. As a rookie, he caught 36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

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