Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Medical personnel tend to Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) during an injury timeout in the third quarter of the game with the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings place Harrison Smith on IR with designation for return


Reports had surfaced yesterday that the Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith could undergo season-ending surgery on his injured toe, but it appears that the surgery will hold off the surgery until he gets additional medical opinion.

In the meantime, the Vikings have placed Smith on the injured reserve list, with designation for return.

Josina Anderson of ESPN passed along the news.

It is still likely that Smith could undergo the surgery on his turf toe, but he will have time to recover and an additional three weeks to see if he can be cleared by doctors. As it currently stands, Smith is eligible to return to practice in Week 13 and take the field again in Week 15.

While Smith is out of action, the Vikings will roll with Andrew Sendejo in the starting role opposite Jamarca Sanford.

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