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Vikings Get Concerning Irv Smith Jr. Injury Update After Week 8

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Minnesota Vikings received concerning news on Irv Smith Jr.'s injury update after Week 8.
The Minnesota Vikings received concerning news on Irv Smith Jr.'s injury update after Week 8. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After another productive 4-catch day, Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. injured himself on the team's final offensive series against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8. Unfortunately, Monday's injury update brought more bad news for a young playmaker who missed all of 2021 with a knee injury.

NFL insider Jeremy Fowler reports Smith could be looking at a lengthy absence.

Irv Smith Jr. Injury Update

The belief is that Smith suffered a high ankle sprain. While his return timeline is still unclear, the injury is notoriously tricky and often requires a multi-week absence.

This is disappointing news for Smith, who had settled in as a reliable option in Minnesota's passing attack. The 2019 draft pick averaged 5.2 targets, 3.7 receptions and 28.0 receiving yards per game from Weeks 2-8.

Vikings fans should pay close attention to Smith's practice status this coming week, which will be a telling sign for his potential Week 9 availability against the Washington Commanders. Early NFL odds show Minnesota as 3.5-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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