Harrison Smith Injury Updates

Vikings S Harrison Smith left Sunday's win over the Broncos late with a left hamstring injury. He gets a well-timed Week 12 bye, so we'll see about Smith's status for Week 13.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Vikings S Harrison Smith will miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a Grade 3 high left ankle sprain, the most severe variety. There's also reportedly a chance that Smith will miss the rest of the season. The injury certainly doesn't bode well for his participation over the next 3 weeks. IDP owners can go ahead and drop Smith for an immediate option. The Vikings' team D takes a hit with the Smith loss but remains a top fantasy option -- especially this week at Jacksonville.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph is doubtful for Sunday night's game at Green Bay after suffering a setback with the injured foot that cost him games earlier this season. Fortunately for Minnesota and IDP owners, all other defenders on the injury report this week are probable. That means you should use S Harrison Smith and DE Everson Griffen as you normally would.

The Vikings defense should be much closer to whole Sunday night against the Giants. S Harrison Smith (knee, hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (foot) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin) are all listed as probable after practicing all week. Barr and Joseph returned to full practices Friday after being limited the previous 2 days. Smith remained limited throughout the week. He seems like the biggest risk for aggravation, considering Smith's dealing with both knee and hamstring trouble. He'll carry high upside into the game, but you'll need to balance that against the injury risk as you consider your DB options. Joseph told the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier this week: "I'm feeling good. Best I've felt in a long time." So he looks like a decent DL bet, especially considering how well he was performing before his injury. The Minnesota team D carries some fantasy upside against a Giants offense missing its best player, WR Odell Beckham.

The Vikings have ruled S Harrison Smith (knee) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin, hand) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. DT Linval Joseph (foot) will be a game-time decision. That makes him iffy for IDP lineups, considering Joseph has yet to put in a full practice since suffering the injury. DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) is also questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he said Thursday that he expects to play. "No setback," he said. "It's just not where I want it to be yet."

The Vikings started their practice week Monday without S Harrison Smith (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (foot) and OLB Anthony Barr (groin), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Starting S Andrew Sendejo (knee) also did "very little" during the open portion, while backup safeties Antone Exum (undisclosed) and Robert Blanton (knee) missed the workout as well. Joseph and Sendejo missed Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, which Barr and Smith left early with their injuries. None looks like a trustworthy IDP bet for Thursday night's trip to Arizona, and the spate of injuries only makes the Vikings look less attractive as a team defense in a matchup that's already 1 to avoid.

The Vikings lost S Harrison Smith and OLB Anthony Barr in the 1st quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. The team said afterward that Smith suffered a hamstring injury, but he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he wasn't sure what he injured. "You never know until you look at it," he said. "I'm not sure. I'll have it looked at (Monday)." Barr aggravated a groin injury that limited his practice time during the week. We'll check on the status of both heading into Thursday night's game at Arizona. The short week obviously won't help.

Vikings S Harrison Smith is questionable for Sunday's game with the knee injury that cost him last week's game. He put in limited practices all week and seems on track to play. OLB Anthony Barr (hand, groin) is also questionable. He put in 2 limited practices this week but missed Thursday's workout. We'd bet on him playing but will check on his status Sunday. Minnesota has ruled out DT Linval Joseph and S Andrew Sendejo.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, while S Andrew Sendejo sat with the knee injury that knocked him out of the Week 12 win early. Sendejo's not worth waiting on in your IDP league, but Joseph will carry big upside against the Seahawks if he plays. OLB Anthony Barr (groin) and S Harrison Smith (knee) put in limited practices Wednesday. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Smith sounded optimistic about his chances of returning Sunday. Barr was listed with a new groin injury and the hand issue that has been around for weeks. We'll see about his status, but the fact that he practiced Wednesday points to him likely playing against Seattle.

Vikings S Harrison Smith hurt his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Packers, though he missed just 5 snaps with it in that game. He sat out Wednesday's practice but has downplayed the injury this week, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We'll see how he progresses through the practice week.

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As expected, Vikings S Harrison Smith is active against the Lions and will play through his ankle sprain.  The injury certainly adds risk, but fantasy's top-scoring DB so far also carries big upside against Lions QB Matthew Stafford.  Smith is worth the risk for your DB slot in most cases.  As expected, LB Chad Greenway will miss another game with his rib injury.

The Vikings deemed S Harrison Smith questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions after he put in 2 days of limited practice on his sprained ankle.  Smith appears on track to play, and the 1 p.m. ET kickoff means we'll get official word in time to set lineups.  OLB Chad Greenway is doubtful because of a rib injury, though HC Mike Zimmer wasn't ready to commit Friday to Greenway's status.  "He did a little bit of work today, so we'll see how it goes, how he is tomorrow," Zimmer said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  IDP owners should plan on not having Greenway available.  The Vikings D makes for an upside option overall on daily sites against a Detroit offense that's down WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush and has allowed a lot of sacks the past 2 weeks.

Vikings S Harrison Smith sported a boot on his left foot and crutches Friday after his team's Thursday night loss to the Packers.  According to Brian Hall of Fox Sports North, however, HC Mike Zimmer called the injury a "little ankle" deal and didn't seem concerned.  We'll obviously keep an eye on the status of the current top-scoring IDP, but it helps that Smith will have about a week and a half to heal up before his Week 6 contest.

The Vikings expect S Harrison Smith to play Sunday against the Eagles but won't start him, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Smith has been out with turf toe since Oct. 14 and can;t officially come off IR until Friday.  He and his coaches admit that returning against the fast-paced Eagles offense will pose a challenge.  HC Leslie Frazier is also waiting to see how Smith's injury responds to practice this week.  Andrew Sendejo and Jamarca Sanford will continue to start, but Smith's return adds risk to both as IDP options in your fantasy football league.

The Vikings will place S Harrison Smith (turf toe) on IR with the designation to return in 8 weeks.  That, of course, would make him ineligible until Week 15 and thus basically useless to anyone in a redraft fantasy football league.  Go ahead and drop Smith for a replacement if you've been optimistically holding out.  It's not yet clear whether his injury will require surgery.  It is adorable, though, that the Vikings think they actually might be in the playoff hunt over the final few weeks of the season.
Vikings S Harrison Smith left Sunday's loss to Carolina with a turf toe injury to his left foot.  HC Leslie Frazier said after the game that Smith will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.  His absence would be a significant loss for IDP lineups.

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