The Minnesota Vikings will look to get back on track in a Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions, but they may have to play without one of their best defensive players. Safety Harrison Smith suffered a concussion in Week 2 and will now have to pass the NFL's protocol in order to suit up on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings Injury News
Head coach Kevin O'Connell said that Smith is feeling pretty good and that his status against Detroit will come down to how he progresses in practice throughout the week. He stressed that it is a "day-to-day process." Smith has played in at least 15 games in each of the last five seasons for Minnesota.
Smith has been a workhorse for the Vikings' defense so far this season. The 33-year-old has appeared in 93% of the defensive snaps and logged 20 tackles, 1 pass breakup and 1 interception. His 18 solo tackles are tied with New Orleans' Pete Werner for the best mark in the NFL.
When Smith left in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, rookie Lewis Cine was called upon to take his first NFL snap. The 2022 first-round pick could be the next man up if Smith is ruled out. Cine racked up 73 tackles (2.0 for loss), 9 pass breakups and 1 interception as a college junior.
Minnesota will need to perform well in pass coverage on Sunday against an offense that features weapons like running back D'Andre Swift, tight end T.J. Hockenson and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds list the Vikings as a 5.5-point home favorite over the Lions.
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