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Vikings safety Harrison Smith ruled out of Lions game with concussion

Security Harrison Smith won’t be able to clear concussion protocol before the Vikings kick off against the Lions on Sunday, and he’s been ruled out.

Smith, the 33-year-old former All-Pro selection, did not practice this week after suffering the concussion Monday night against the Eagles. He will miss his first game through injury since 2016. Smith has only missed three games in that span: two due to COVID-19 protocols and one to rest. The head coach Kevin O’Connell declined to name Smith’s replacement in the lineup.

That is Josh Metellus Where Lewis Cine, the first-round pick who made his NFL debut last week, will start for Smith. Cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (quad) was also excluded. Linebacker Eric Kendricks was added to the injury report on Friday with a toe problem; he is listed as questionable against the Lions.

“When Josh got the chance to get in there, he did some really good things,” O’Connell said. “He’s been really, really good on special teams. Playing aggressive, stealing, which will only bode well for our defense adding that to our squad.”

Metellus replaced Smith in the fourth quarter against the Eagles, indicating the special team could get his first NFL start instead of Cine, the 32nd overall pick who recovered from a knee contusion that left him assigned for three weeks.

“All the rookies are fighting to catch up, I don’t care what happens,” defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. “When you run out of time, it makes it worse.”

“It can be done,” he added. “We have good teachers around him, but we can never rest because there is so much work to do. This league presents so many challenges which are different every week. Unless you have experience, you can’t understand, and you can’t click through these modes so easily when you’re a young player.”

Cine mostly played on special teams in Philadelphia, snapping just one defensive snap as the seventh defensive back on a long third down. The 22-year-old safety said he’s adjusting to the weekly regular season routine and talking to teammates about creating his own study and recovery habits. He also practices patience as the coaches take him slowly.

“I totally understand that perspective,” Cine said. “I’m just going to control what I can about the way I practice, my mindset and the way I talk to myself. Because sometimes things like that can be a little frustrating.”

Lions down two guards; Hutchinson in?

Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinsonthe No. 2 overall pick who had three sacks last week, returned to practice on Friday and ‘should be fine’ on Sunday, head coach says Dan Campbell told reporters in Detroit. Hutchinson is officially listed as questionable due to a thigh injury.

Come back By Andre Swift (ankle), tight end TJ Hockenson (hip) and center Franck Ragnow (foot) are also listed as questionable. left guard jonas jackson (finger) and defensive lineman John Cominsky (wrist) were excluded. Detroit will be without the two starting guards in Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who is on injured reserve. Lions coaches are hoping a revamped line can stay in sync under the crowd noise at US Bank Stadium.

“If we can handle that offensively, I’m glad we’re efficient,” Campbell said. “There are other factors that play a role, but I think the most critical is our communication.”

pride badges

A handful of lockers at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan – like the ones in the back C.J. Ham and run back Kene Nwangwu – have display cards that read “Vikings Special Teamer”, under a paragraph about teamwork. Special Teams Coordinator matt daniels said these pride badges are meant to inspire younger players to participate in the kick and kick coverage phases that have worked well for the Vikings over two games.

“Let’s be honest, it’s the red-haired stepson,” Daniels said. “We’re in an all-star league where the stars don’t really want to play against special teams, do they? Because that’s the dirty work or that’s not where you get in the spotlight. to shine. I try to make sure we just talk about chemistry.”


  • Former Vikings coach Bud Grant will narrate a pre-game video, former defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo will sing the national anthem, and former players including Sammy White and Jeff Wright will sign autographs in the Medtronic Plaza as part of the team’s “Legends Weekend” on Sunday at US Bank Stadium.
  • Angels All-Star Center Fielder Mike Trout watched Friday’s Vikings practice inside the clubhouse. The Angels are in town for a three-game series against the Twins.

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