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Updated: October 18th, 2013 9:17am
Report: Harrison Smith out at least 8 weeks, placed on IR to return

Report: Harrison Smith out at least 8 weeks, placed on IR to return

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith has reportedly been placed on injured reserve-designated to return with a turf toe injury he suffered in the third quarter of Sunday's loss against the Carolina Panthers. 


Smith will miss at least eight weeks, according to the new designated-for-return rule, which allows players to return to practice after six weeks of being off the active roster and return to play after eight weeks. Smith was walking around the locker room this week in an air boot and has not participated in any team activities open to the media. 

Coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that the team was mulling over in-season surgery for Smith, which may be the possibility as he won't be eligible to return until the Dec. 15 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles and could miss the remaining three games depending on the outcome of his rehab. 

Smith has two of the Vikings' seven interceptions and is third on the team with 34 combined tackles in five games. As tough of a break as it is for Smith, a secondary that already allows 308 passing yards per game (29th) just lost its best player. 

Safety Andrew Sendejo will start in place of Smith on Monday night at the New York Giants. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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