One of the most anticipated topics at Mike Zimmer’s press conference on Monday was an update on the status of TE Irv Smith Jr. The budding star has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and is expected to undergo surgery later this week. The unfortunate news came out on Sunday and surprised many people. Smith played in the last game of the preseason and showed no signs of injury during the game or on the sidelines. He was even interviewed in the second half and seemed to be in a good mood.
Unfortunately for Vikings fans, we’ll have to wait a little longer before we know exactly how long Smith will be out of circulation. When asked about the young tight end’s injury status, Zimmer didn’t have many answers.
It looks like the surgery will take place when we finally have an answer to this question, but for now we know this: Smith will either miss about a month, or the entire season. It’s a wide range of options, but it essentially comes down to how much repair the surgeons have to do once they’re in. Zimmer also said that the Vikings are looking for a replacement outside the organization. With budget cuts underway today, there should be plenty of options to look at.
To close with some good news, the Vikings expect Tyler Conklin to return to training. Conklin did not play the preseason after dropping out of training a few weeks ago with a hamstring injury. Especially with Smith’s injury, it’s imperative that they get him ready to play in week one as Brandon Dillon and rookie Zach Davidson are “next” in the Vikings TE room