Vikings TE Irv Smith undergoes thumb surgical procedure, not dominated out for season opener vs. Packers 

Minnesota Vikings tight finish Irv Smith is coping with one other damage.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned Tuesday that Smith suffered a thumb damage in apply on Monday and underwent surgical procedure Tuesday.

O’Connell is hopeful the tight finish will nonetheless be prepared by the season opener, Sept. 11, towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

Smith missed your entire 2021 season after struggling a torn meniscus. The younger TE additionally missed three video games in 2020.

The Vikings view the 23-year-old as a possible breakout candidate coming off the knee damage. A second-round decide in 2019, Smith owns engaging pass-catching abilities that ought to mesh effectively in O’Connell’s system. He simply hasn’t been capable of keep wholesome.

The hope is that Smith can return from thumb surgical procedure earlier than Week 1 and bounce proper again on the practice.

The Vikings are relying on Smith being wholesome. Behind the starter, Minnesota has Ben Ellefson (one profession catch), Johnny Mundt (10 profession catches), Zach Davidson (zero profession video games performed) and seventh-round rookie Nick Muse within the TE room. Given Smith’s damage, the Vikes might be ready so as to add a veteran choice.