The Minnesota Vikings are likely to be without another defensive lineman longer that he anticipated.
Starting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is in a walking boot after he came away from the Kansas City Chiefs game two weeks ago with a left ankle injury that is more serious than he anticipated.
“He had a little piece of cartilage taken out,” head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday.
Floyd was injured during the Chiefs game but continued to play through it, finishing with one of his best efforts of the season. He was surprised by the extent of the injury.
“Coming in after the game, making sure everything’s good and finding out it’s not,” Floyd said of the process of discovering the injury.
“Me not being a trainer, I felt like I was gimpy but obviously that wasn’t the case and it came out a little different than I thought. Hard to swallow, but that’s just how it came up.”
Floyd declined to discuss a timeline for his return, deferring to Zimmer. He head coach wasn’t sure on that either.
“I don’t know honestly. I’ve heard all kinds of ranges so we’ll see,” Zimmer said.
Floyd didn’t practice last week and was inactive for the Detroit Lions game, with Tom Johnson filling in ably. The Vikings have also been without backup defensive end Justin Trattou since he was hurt in Week 3 and showed up the next week in a walking boot.
Floyd’s workload this week isn’t likely to be anything other than rehabilitation.
“That’s up to Zimmer and them guys,” he said, “so I’m just doing my part to get back on the grass.”