Back in September, Sharrif Floyd had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, putting him on the shelf for a good while. Floyd is now back at the Vikings’ training facility after rehabbing the injury, but it’s not clear when he’ll be back in action, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters.
“We didn’t think it was going to be six years’ worth of hurt,” the coach said (via Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune).
So far, it has been seven weeks since Floyd’s surgery and the clock is still ticking. The Vikings face the Redskins this Sunday, but it doesn’t sound like we should expect to see Floyd on the field. Minnesota is hoping that Floyd can get healthy sooner rather than later and shed his “injury prone” label. If he can’t, it seems possible that he could be put on IR and shut down for the year.
Floyd, 25, was a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. At the NFL level, he has appeared in 44 games with 24 starts, missing two games in 2014 and three games in 2015. With Floyd out, the Vikings have Shamar Stephen on the interior D-Line next to Linval Joseph. Behind them is veteran Tom Johnson, the only other true defensive tackle on the roster.
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