Injury Bug Strikes Vikings Again, Smith to IR
EDEN PRAIRIE - The Minnesota Vikings have lost another starter and offensive lineman.
Starting right tackle Andre Smith is scheduled to have surgery on his triceps muscle Tuesday.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Smith will have the procedure on his right arm and be placed on injured reserve, likely ending his season.
The Vikings signed Smith, who was the sixth overall pick in 2009 by Cincinnati, this offseason and was awarded the starting job after training camp. Smith was hurt during the game last week and sat out Sunday against Houston.
Jeremiah Sirles has stepped in during Smith's absence.
Smith is just another name on a long list of injuries to the Vikings including left tackle Matt Kalil, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson, and defensive tackle Shariff Floyd.
The Vikings did bring in free agent Jake Long for a workout at Winter Park on Monday but no contract has been signed.