Smith had full participation in Friday's practice, which suggests he'll be able to start at safety and play a regular workload.
Smith hasn't played since spraining his ankle in Week 13, but his full participation in Friday's practice session indicates he could return for Saturday's game.
Thursday marked the first time that Smith has practiced since injuring his ankle in the
Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
Head coach Mike Zimmer refuted reports that Smith wouldn't return this season and said he could play this week. However, Smith wasn't able to return to this practice. Zimmer's optimism could mean that Smith may return for one of Minnesota's final two regular season games.
Smith (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. However, head coach Mike Zimmer did not rule him out for this week's game against the Colts. "There's a possibility, even though the report [saying he could be out for the season] was erroneous from before," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He's doing good."
Smith suffered a Grade 3 high ankle sprain during a Week 13 loss to Dallas and missed last week's game. He'll likely need to participate in practice this week if he's going to return against the Colts.
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