Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd has surgery, Xavier Rhodes hopes to return

The Minnesota Vikings are getting some of their banged-up players back, but Sharrif Floyd will be out after having knee surgery on Thursday.

Another day, another surgery (or two) for the Minnesota Vikings.

This time, it was defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd having surgery to clean up cartilage his right knee. He played sparingly in Week 1 but was inactive last week against the Green Bay Packers after continuing to struggle with a knee injury that he said has carried over from last season. On Thursday, surgery was performed, but the timetable on his return is uncertain.

Floyd’s surgery comes one day after the Vikings placed LT Matt Kalil on injured reserve because of surgery that will be required on his hip and on the same day that RB Adrian Peterson had surgery to repair the torn lateral meniscus on his right knee.


While losing a starting defensive tackle hurts, the Vikings have been playing mostly without Floyd for much of the first two games, anyway.

“We feel good about the guys we’ve got,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s play, what, (25) plays or something this year? He hasn’t played. It’s kind of out of sight, out of mind.”

Although it seems unlikely following a clean-up procedure, Zimmer didn’t rule out the possibility of Floyd going on injured reserve, citing his lack of playing time to this point.

It wasn’t all bad news, however, as CB Xavier Rhodes is working back from a knee injury that has kept him out the first two weeks of the season. Rhodes said after Thursday’s practice that he hopes to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and Zimmer said that is a possibility.

“It’s a take-it-slow approach,” Rhodes said Thursday. “You don’t want to go full throttle right now and risk anything. I feel good and we’re just going to see – probably going to be more reps tomorrow. See how I feel with more reps tomorrow. I don’t know what the coach is thinking, but we’ll just go from there. Whatever they’ll have me do, I’ll do it.”


Rhodes was limited in Thursday’s practice and said right now he wants to take it slow and be sure he trusts his knee before playing.

He was seen in the locker room on Monday and appeared to be uncomfortable fully extending the knee when walking, but he has made “great progress” since then, he said.

“I’m just keeping my composure. Once I go out there I just need to play ball and not think about the games I didn’t play or how many games I missed. When I’m out there, just go out there, get the call and make the plays,” he said.

“The biggest thing is just going out there and playing football and not thinking about it.”

While Floyd and Peterson were starting the recovery process from their surgeries, the Vikings had three other starters – TE Kyle Rudolph (groin), DE Danielle Hunter (knee) and LB Eric Kendricks (ankle) – that were limited on Wednesday participate fully in Thursday’s practice.

As for the timetable on Peterson’s return, Zimmer said he wasn’t sure at this point.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’re just going with the guys we’ve got right now and then we’ll worry about that later, how the rehab goes.”


Player # Pos. Injury 21-Sep 22-Sep
Adrian Peterson 28 RB Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DR Knee Did Not Part Did Not Part.
Kyle Rudolph 82 TE Groin Limited Part. Full Part.
Danielle Hunter 99 DE Knee Limited Part. Full Part.
Eric Kendricks 54 LB Ankle Limited Part. Full Part.
Xavier Rhodes 29 CB Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
MyCole Pruitt 83 TE Knee Limited Part. Limited Part
Zach Line 48 FB Neck Full Part. Full Part.
Jerick McKinnon 21 RB Toe Full Part. Full Part.


Player # Pos. Injury 21-Sep 22-Sep
 Jeremy Cash 57 LB Hamstring Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
 Kawaan Short 99 DT Shoulder Did Not Part.  Limited Part.
 Jonathan Stewart 28 RB   Hamstring  Did Not Part.  Did Not Part.
 Trai Turner 70 G Ankle  Did Not Part.  Full Part.


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