Vikings TE Smith likely done for season after knee surgery

Published 1:21 pm Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are bracing for a season-long absence for on-the-rise tight end Irv Smith Jr., after knee surgery Wednesday for a torn meniscus.

Irv Smith Jr.

Smith had the procedure done by team physician Dr. Christopher Larson after being injured in the team’s last exhibition game Friday at Kansas City. He was in line for a breakout year, his third in the NFL after the departure of veteran Kyle Rudolph. Smith had 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games last season.

Smith had a full repair of the meniscus, coach Mike Zimmer said. That usually means a minimum four-month recovery.

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The Vikings acquired tight end Chris Herndon in a trade Tuesday with the New York Jets to help reinforce the position.