Vikings coach Mike Zimmer provides Irv Smith Jr. injury update, talks Harrison Smith extension

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer met with reporters on Monday and touched on Irv Smith Junior’s pending knee surgery and Harrison Smith’s contract extension.

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Zimmer said that Smith Jr. will undergo surgery this week. Once team doctor Chris Larson gets in to see the extent of the damage, a definitive timetable can be established. Zimmer added that he hasn’t heard of the 6-8 month recovery period that has been floated out there.

One way or another, signs definitely point to Smith Jr. missing at least a portion of the season.

On the good news front, Tyler Conklin returned to practice Monday. He will now ascend to the No. 1 tight end spot.

Zimmer also brought up Harrison Smith’s 4-year extension that should allow Smith to finish his career with the Vikings. Zimmer said that Smith is one of the best safeties that he’s been around, a group that includes expected Hall of Famer Darren Woodson.