Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA;  Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (84) runs with the ball after a catch for a 36-yard gain in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. likely out for season

Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. on Wednesday underwent surgery to repair a meniscus injury and likely is out for the season, ESPN reported.

The network cited a 4-to-5-month timetable for Smith.

On Tuesday, the Vikings acquired tight end Chris Herndon and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft from the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the same draft.

Smith, 23, played 11 snaps and caught both of his targets for 39 yards in Minnesota’s 28-25 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. It was not clear when he sustained the injury.

Smith caught 30 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games (seven starts) last season. He has 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven scores in 29 games (14 starts) since the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Alabama.

Herndon, 25, caught 31 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) last season. He has 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven scores in 33 games (25 starts) since the Jets drafted him in the fourth round out of Miami in 2018.

The Vikings open the regular season on Sept. 12 against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets trade TE Chris Herndon to Vikings

The New York Jets are trading tight end Chris Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The Jets are expected to receive multiple draft picks in exchange.

Herndon can step right in to replace Vikings starter Irv Smith Jr., who is having meniscus surgery on his knee this week and will miss the start of the season.

Herndon, 25, caught 31 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) last season. He has 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven scores in 33 games (25 starts) since the Jets drafted him in the fourth round out of Miami in 2018.

After Smith’s injury in the preseason finale, coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged that Minnesota’s tight end depth was “not very good,” with Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon, 2021 fifth-round pick Zach Davidson and the undrafted Shane Zylstra on the roster.

–Field Level Media