Report: Harrison Smith out Monday, likely needs surgery
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The Minnesota Vikings porous secondary lost its best member for Monday's game against the New York Giants.
Smith suffered from what coach Leslie Frazier called turf toe during Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Smith played 46 snaps before exiting on their fifth drive. He's been walking around the locker room in an air boot on Monday and Wednesday and wasn't sure if he'd be able to go as of Wednesday. But his foot injury was severe enough that the decision was made Thursday morning that he'll miss Monday night's game.
USA Today's Pelissero reported Smith will also need surgery at some point, but it's uncertain if he can play through the injury after rehabbing this year.
#Vikings' plan is to let Smith rehab for now and hope he can return. Two doctors, including specialist, have said surgery needed eventually.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2013
The Vikings pass defense ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 308 passing yards per game with Smith in the lineup. Either safety Mistral Raymond or Andrew Sendejo will likely start in his place on Monday. Another component of Smith's game that will be missed is his presence in the run defense. He's partially filled the void that they've missed from their nickel cornerback as another defender in the box.