Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph Have Been Cleared Of Concussions

On Tuesday I wrote about the Vikings’ injury situation and how they could be rolling into Green Bay very short-handed. Well let’s back up on that a little. Turns out it only took a day for that injury issue to largely clear itself up. On Wednesday, both Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph were given the go-ahead to practice and play after passing their concussion tests. Smith and Rudolph both had to leave Sunday’s game after head injuries and there was legitimate concern about their status for Sunday. Not anymore.

This is how it goes with the concussion thing. You just never know how serious it is until the tests are administered. By past experience we had reason to worry Smith and Rudolph might both be shelved for the Packer game. But this time the best-case scenario played out. The Vikings will have Harrison Smith lined up at safety and Kyle Rudolph at tight end when they hit the frozen tundra. Beating the Packers will still be a tall order but with these guys on the field things look a little brighter.

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