Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) rests during an official time out in the second quarter of the game with the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings safety Harrison Smith may need toe surgery

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The Minnesota Vikings are hoping that Josh Freeman could help solve their problems at quarterback, but they could have some bigger concerns on the defensive side of the ball thanks to the toe of safety Harrison Smith.

Smith had left last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers, which resulted in a blowout loss, with a turf toe injury and it looks like that injury could need much more attention.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Smith may need season-ending surgery to repair  his toe injury.

The team is reportedly hoping that Ford’s toe will be able to heal under it’s own power, but Pelissero indicates that at least two doctors have stated surgery would be the best option to heal the injury.

Anthony Sendejo is the likely replacement at safety while Smith recovers from the injury, but the team may need to rely on him for the remainder of the season if it is ultimately determined that he will need to undergo the knife.

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