Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (84) catches a pass at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. to have knee surgery this week

Minnesota Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. will have surgery this week to repair a meniscus injury sustained in Friday’s preseason finale at Kansas City.

Team physician Dr. Christopher Larson will perform the procedure.

Coach Mike Zimmer did not specify a timetable for Smith’s recovery or speculate on a potential return date this season.

“We’ll see how that surgery goes, but Dr. Larson is one of the best in the country, so we expect a good turnout,” Zimmer said Monday.

“We’ll just see where he’s at. A lot of times you can’t really tell anything until you get in there. We really won’t know until they get in there.”

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

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

Zimmer acknowledged Monday that the team’s tight end depth is “not very good,” with Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon, 2021 fifth-round pick Zach Davidson and the undrafted Shane Zylstra on the roster. He said the team will be looking to add another player to the mix before final roster cuts.

“We’re looking, but not just at tight end,” Zimmer said. “We’re looking (at) all positions.”

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.

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Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (84) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. to have meniscus surgery

Minnesota Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. needs knee surgery and will miss the start of the season, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The report said there is no timetable on a return date for Smith, who has a meniscus injury.

Smith, 23, caught both of his targets for 39 yards in Minnesota’s 28-25 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.

He 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.

Minnesota opens the regular season on Sept. 12 against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

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Sep 7, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Keshawn King (35) celebrates his first touch down with Christian Darrisaw (77) in the first period against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings OL Christian Darrisaw has minor surgery

Minnesota Vikings rookie offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw had a minor core-muscle procedure Thursday, NFL Network reported.

The 2021 first-round draft pick (23rd overall), who is competing for the starting left tackle job, had the surgery in Philadelphia with specialist Dr. William Meyers, per the report.

Multiple reports said Darrisaw, 22, went to Philadelphia for a second opinion on a groin injury that has bothered him since at least June.

A source told NFL Network the visit was “good news overall” and that Darrisaw could still be ready for Minnesota’s Sept. 12 season opener at Cincinnati.

“When he’s been here, he’s been really sharp and dialed in, so mentally I don’t think it’ll be a problem,” offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak said Thursday. “He’s just got to get his physical reps and get his conditioning.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Darrisaw played three seasons at Virginia Tech and was a first team All-ACC selection last season.

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Oct 26, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;   Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) looks on from the sidelines against the Miami Hurricanes during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings rookie, shot 4 times last month, will report to camp

A month after being shot four times, Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman will report to training camp on Sunday.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the news in a text message to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Twyman, who turned 22 on Monday, was sitting in his vehicle in his hometown of Washington, D.C., on June 21 when he was wounded in a random shooting. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Three other people were shot during the incident and the suspect remains at large, according to the newspaper report.

“They were shooting at everyone, anyone that was outside,” his mother, Stephanie Twyman, told Washington TV station WRC-4 last month. “It was not a targeted shooting. They were shooting at everyone. It just so happens he was leaving his aunt’s house and he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Twyman described his injuries as a flesh wound.

A sixth-round pick (199th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft, Twyman opted out of his senior season at Pittsburgh in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

He registered 57 tackles and 11 sacks in two seasons, earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2019 after leading the Panthers with 10.5 sacks.

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Aug 24, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Bashaud Breeland (21) signs autographs before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings sign veteran CB Bashaud Breeland

The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Friday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Breeland, 29, played the past two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, registering 86 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 27 games (26 starts) and winning a Super Bowl ring.

A fourth-round pick by Washington in 2014, Breeland has 376 tackles, 14 interceptions, 81 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 94 games (88 starts) with Washington (2014-17), Green Bay (2018) and Kansas City.

He has scored three touchdowns on defense, including a 96-yard pick-six against the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 and a 100-yard fumble return at Detroit in 2019.

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Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith (23) after a reception during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings sign CB Tye Smith

The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent cornerback Tye Smith on Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Smith, 28, recorded 61 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles in 36 games — seven starts — with the Tennessee Titans between the 2017 and 2020 seasons. He missed the 2018 season after the Titans placed him on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

A fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2015, Smith played four games as a rookie before Seattle cut him the following year. The Washington Football Team signed Smith to its practice squad in 2016 before he signed a futures contract with the Titans in January 2017.

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Sep 27, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) catches a pass in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jeff Gladney (20) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings CB Jeff Gladney facing felony assault charge

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney faces a third-degree felony domestic violence assault charge in Dallas, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Gladney, 24, turned himself in to the Dallas County Jail on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for an alleged incident involving his girlfriend on Friday night.

Gladney, a 2020 first-round draft pick, played college football at TCU in nearby Fort Worth. He played all 16 games (15 starts) for the Vikings last season, tallying 81 tackles and one forced fumble.

According to the reports out of Dallas, Gladney posted a $10,000 bond and could face a sentence of 2-10 years in prison if convicted on the charge.

CBS 11 News said a 22-year-old woman told police she got into an altercation with Gladney in a vehicle when he demanded to see text messages on her phone. Sources told CBS the accuser threw her phone out the window, but Gladney stopped to retrieve it.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gladney tried “shoving (her) face toward her phone to try to use the phone’s Face ID to unlock” and was “pulling (her) by the hair trying to hold her still in order to get the Face ID to work.”

The accuser told police Gladney struck her “with closed fists causing pain in the side of her ribs, in the stomach and the back,” according to the arrest report. She said Gladney later “began strangling (her) by the neck” and “dragged (her) across the ground” by her hair.

Detectives documented bruising on the woman’s head, ears and torso, plus scratches on her face and neck, per the report.

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Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) gets tackled by Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) and strong safety Duron Harmon (26) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Cousins’ big day gets Vikings past Lions

Kirk Cousins passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 37-35 season-ending victory over the host Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Alexander Mattison rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries and also caught three passes for 50 yards and another score. Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 133 yards and set the NFL rookie record with 1,400 receiving yards on the season.

The Vikings (7-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, snapped a three-game losing streak. The Lions (5-11) finished their season with a four-game skid.

Matthew Stafford passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions. Marvin Jones Jr. caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Cousins threw three touchdown passes in the first half, lifting his club to a 21-16 lead.

Matt Prater’s 54-yard field goal midway through the second quarter gave Detroit a two-point lead before Cousins hit Chad Beebe on a 40-yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining in the half. Beebe caught the ball near the 20 and two Detroit defenders collided, allowing him to break free.

Detroit regained the lead in the first minute of the second half. James Agnew’s 70-yard kick return set up Jones’ second touchdown reception, a 26-yarder after a defender slipped.

The Vikings got those points right back on their next possession. Mattison scored on a 2-yard run. A Harrison Smith interception set up a 23-yard Dan Bailey field goal to make it 31-23.

Detroit’s Adrian Peterson scored on a 2-yard run with 3:02 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion try failed, leaving the Lions down by two points at 31-29.

A roughing the passer call on 4th-and-goal allowed the Vikings to score again. Cousins scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Vikings built a 37-29 lead. Bailey missed the extra point.

An apparent 38-yard touchdown reception by Jones was nullified after review, as Jones was deemed to have not maintained control when he landed.

D’Andre Swift eventually scored on the drive with a 2-yard run to pull within 37-35, but Stafford threw an incompletion on the two-point conversion try. Minnesota then ran out the clock.

–Field Level Media