What was looking like a great day for Harrison Smith turned sour in a heartbeat. The Vikings safety was ejected in the second quarter after pushing an official. The incident happened after an Antoine Winfield interception. Smith was mixing it up with some Titans players and an official jumped in to push Smith away. Smith pushed the official aside and was flagged and tossed from the game.
Smith’s shove of the official was not exactly violent but obviously you don’t get any leeway with officials. Smith’s shove was enough to warrant the penalty and the ejection is automatic. So the Vikings will play the rest of the day without their rising star defensive back. This is a worrisome situation as the Vikings are currently playing with only three safeties. Mistral Raymond and Andrew Sendejo are both inactive for the game, and rookie Robert Blanton and Jamarca Sanford are the only two other safeties on the active roster. They will have to stay healthy or the Vikings will be in a world of hurt in their secondary.
Otherwise, it’s been a great day for the Vikings defense so far. Let’s see if they can keep it up without one of their top contributors.
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