Things may have just gone from bad to worse for the Minnesota Vikings. According to a report from USA Today, Harrison Smith could need season-ending surgery for a lingering turf toe problem. The injury took him out of last Sunday’s game with the Carolina Panthers and he’s expected to miss at least a week or two if he decides to pass on surgery. However, it’s being reported that two doctors have recommended an operation to fix the issue.
This is the exact opposite of what the Vikings need right now. At 1-4, their season is on life support in a big way. Smith has been one of the few bright spots on a defense that’s giving up the second most yards per game this season (418).
Andrew Sendejo figures to get the start Monday night against the New York Giants in place of Smith, but Mistral Raymond and Robert Blanton could be thrown into the mix as well. Regardless of who ends up on the field, the end result will be a defense that’s not at full strength.
It’s tough to say exactly who or what is responsible for the Vikings’ defense struggles this season. The unit has played great at times and terrible in other spots. The Minnesota-D has given up points in two late-game drives this season that ultimately led to losses. If things had been tightened up a bit more or if someone could have made a play here or there, things would be a lot different in Minneapolis right now.
We’ll see how Smith’s situation plays out, but I believe he’ll undergo surgery if the Vikings lose on MNF and drop to 1-5. If they can somehow string a couple wins together, he might to fight his way back.