Smith (knee) returned to practice Friday and is listed as questionable against Atlanta, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects him to play, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Smith hurt his knee early in last week's loss to Green Bay but was able to play a full game. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but it sounds like he just needed some rest. Still, check to make sure he's active Sunday.
Smith did not practice Wednesday due to a sore knee but expects to play Sunday against Atlanta, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Smith hurt his knee early in last week's loss to Green Bay but was able to play a full game. It sounds like he just needs some rest for the injury, but check to see if he practices Friday.
Harrison Smith started at free safety for the Vikings and had nine total tackles in Monday's loss at San Francisco. Smith also levied a hard hit on Colin Kaepernick during a run, but otherwise had a quiet game. Smith had three sacks and five interceptions last season, so he'll have more disruptive games.
The Vikings announced Monday they have picked up the fifth-year options on left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith, ensuring them one more year of control over a pair of potential difference makers, per a team release. Picking up Smith's option was a simple one for the Vikings, as he picked up 92 tackles and grabbed five interceptions for Minnesota last season. He's scheduled to make $5.278 million next year. Kalil was a more difficult decision, as the former No. 4 pick has struggled after a strong start. His salary would be over $11 million in 2016.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith underwent surgery on his left hand this offseason, but he is expecting to be ready for the 2015 season, reports the Star Tribune. Smith was seen with a wrap on his hand to keep fingers from moving. "Just a little fix-up from the season," Smith said. "It was a minor surgery. Nothing major, so this will be off in a couple of days." Smith is entering the final season of his rookie contract, set to make roughly $1.4 million in base salary, but is hoping to remain in Minnesota. "That's all I've thought of doing," Smith said. "I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I'll just let [my agency] handle it. I'm just here to play football and we'll see what happens."