There may be no such thing as “minor” surgery, but there is such a thing as “less serious” surgery. So let’s just call Sharrif Floyd’s recent knee procedure “less serious.” Or let’s not worry about semantics at all and just get down to the nitty gritty. The rookie Floyd needed his knee scoped out after suffering an injury in the preseason opener and as a result he will mess the remainder of the exhibition schedule.
What about Floyd’s status for the regular season opener against Detroit? It’s a wait-and-see situation. Right now the Vikings don’t seem too concerned that Floyd will miss any time in real games, but you have to believe they will take the cautious approach with their prized first rounder nonetheless. Floyd was likely going to be mixed in gradually anyway, with Kevin Williams still taking more than half the snaps at three-tech, and now they will just mix him in a little slower at first.
It’s been a little bit of a spotty preseason overall for the Vikings’ first round picks. Floyd has this knee thing now, and earlier Xavier Rhodes had a hamstring that caused him to miss time. Only Cordarrelle Patterson among the three firsts has avoided the injury bug. Oh gosh I hope I didn’t just jinx Patterson. Eh, don’t worry, his magical visor will protect him against any jinxes.