Harrison Smith – S
A few hours before their Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Vikings found out that they would be without All-Pro safety Harrison Smith after he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Due to the positive test, Smith was required to be away from the team for at least 10 days, which meant that Minnesota also didn’t have him on the field during their win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week.
In addition to their announcement about Patrick Peterson on Wednesday, the Vikings also announced that Smith has been removed from the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. He is now eligible to play on Sunday against the Packers.
While Minnesota will be happy to have their top safety back on the field this weekend, his absence allowed rookie Camryn Bynum to make a big impression on the team during their last two games. Filling in as the Vikings’ other starting safety during the last two weeks, Bynum had several impressive moments that should make the team feel optimistic about his future with the franchise.
On Sunday, however, we should expect the rookie to return to more of a reserve role as Smith re-claims his spot in Minnesota’s starting lineup.