Sharrif Floyd was in a jovial mood after Friday night's NFL debut, despite a knee injury that ended his night a bit prematurely.
He could afford to joke around because the injury turned out to be nothing serious, although there was some concern right when it happened.
"Late cut (block) and I came off to the side," Floyd said of his second quarter injury. "It felt weird, and when something feels weird, don't move. (Trainers) said everything was fine so no problems."
Head coach Leslie Frazier echoed that prognosis after the game.
"He should be fine. We decided we couldn't put him back in the game because of where we were at this time of the year, that we wouldn't do it, but he should be fine," Frazier said.
Floyd said there was "not a chance" he would even miss any practice time – the Vikings return to Mankato on Sunday for their final week of training camp – and was "completely fine."
Despite playing only 15 defensive snaps – or 20 percent of the total defensive snaps – Floyd made a good first impression. He had a tackle for loss and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
"It was great. I enjoyed myself, had a ball. I always can get better, so go back to the drawing board, sit down with coach and find out how I can get better," he said, saying he wants to improve on everything.
"I'll never take it as pointing one thing out. I know I can improve across the board. No one can give 100 percent at one thing. It's impossible. I can get better at everything."
He said the only difference between the NFL and his college days with the Florida Gators was the speed of the game and two-a-day practices. Asked if the size of the offensive linemen he faces was eye-opening, he was quick with a comeback and a smile.
"Are you calling me undersized?" the 6-foot-3, 305-pound rookie said with a smile on his face and pizza slice in his hand to carb up. "No surprises. At the end of the day it's just ball, at the elite level.
"Nothing surprised me. You've got to come with your pants buckled for this league. It's just ball to me."
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