Ben Goessling | ESPN.com
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith will miss Monday’s game against the New York Giants with turf toe, coach Leslie Frazier said, and could head to injured reserve if he needs surgery on his left foot.
The Vikings are weighing their options with Smith, who first sustained the injury during Sunday’s 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and could make a decision in the next day or two, Frazier said.
In the meantime, safety Andrew Sendejo will start in Smith’s place on Monday night.
The injury is a blow to a defense already giving up the NFL’s fourth-most yards per game against the pass. Smith made the league’s all-rookie team last year, returning two interceptions for touchdowns, and had a pair of interceptions in the Vikings’ first four games this season.
“Harrison is an outstanding young safety,” Frazier said. “He’s done a great job for us, and in my mind, he’s one of the best safeties in our league. Andrew, Mistral [Raymond], Robert Blanton, those guys will do a good job when they’re in there. But Harrison is a big-play guy for us. We’re going to miss him.”
If Smith did need surgery, the Vikings could use their designation to return on the safety and bring him back before the end of the season, Frazier said.
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