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TE Irv Smith had thumb surgery, but should be ready for Vikings’ regular season

Irv Smith celebrates a touchdown in 2019 game for Vikings
Ben Ludeman - USA Today Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have several talented offensive players, but one had surgery on Tuesday.

Irv Smith Jr., a tight end, expects to start the regular season.

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He enters his fourth season with the Vikings since getting selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Smith missed the entire 2021 campaign because of a torn meniscus in his knee, but he has played 29 career games. He recorded 30 receptions for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games in 2020. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith had surgery to repair a thumb injury but should be ready for the season. Vikings fans want to see Smith emerge at tight end after losing Kyle Rudolph.

Smith came to the Crimson Tide in its 2016 signing class as a four-star. He caught three touchdowns in 2017, helping Alabama secure a College Football Playoff National Championship. In 2018, Smith became one of Tua Tagovailoa’s favorite targets.

He totaled 44 catches for 710 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

After missing some time, Smith is preparing to have a breakout year for Minnesota.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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