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.”
|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.|
|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.|