Harrison Smith says 'no timetable' on foot, hopeful to avoid surgery
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith hobbled around the locker room on crutches on Wednesday with a boot on his injured left foot.
Smith said he's hopeful a little rest and rehab will help him avoid surgery. He'll have six weeks off practice, eight from games, as he was placed on injured reserve-to return last week after suffering the injury during a loss to the Carolina Panthers.
"Hopefully just rest and keeping it immobilized for a while will get me back. There's no exact timetable or anything, just keeping it still for a little while, letting it heal and then moving it around gradually to see if it works out. If it doesn't, we'll go from there," Smith said.
Smith, 24, had his second year in the NFL likely cut short after a severe case of turf toe, which Smith said in his case causes severe pain on the ball of his foot.
He said he consulted multiple specialists, including his father, who is a plastic surgeon and knows others in the industry. Smith said he had only a minor case of the injury before in high school.
"I tried to walk it off, but putting my weight on it I knew I just couldn't put any weight on it," Smith said. "There is no pain now. Initially, it was one of the more painful things I've had on a football field."
The hope is to avoid surgery and return on Dec. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Smith said it's essentially a coin flip.
Smith is eligible to return to practice on Monday, Nov. 25 should he not need surgery.
"But there is a possibility it will require surgery," Smith said. "Hopefully it won't and I'll be back."