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Sharrif Floyd has minor procedure on knee, out for preseason

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had a “minor procedure” on his injured left knee early this week and will likely be out the rest of the preseason.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the plan is for Floyd to be ready to go for Week 1 at the Detroit Lions.

“Nothing major,” Frazier said. “Shouldn’t miss any time as far as our regular season is concerned. Won’t play this week for sure, probably not the Tennessee [Titans] game.”

The Metrodome crowd collectively held its breath as Floyd went down during the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9. Floyd appeared to be fine as he walked off the field under his own power.

The Vikings had a MRI done on his knee following the preseason opener, which turned out negative.

Floyd barely skipped a beat, missing one practice after the opener and sat out Sunday’s practice after playing 39 snaps in Friday’s game at the Buffalo Bills — the most for any defensive lineman.

Before Monday’s practice, defensive coordinator Alan Williams, who was not sure of Floyd’s condition, said Floyd was day-to-day.

“Each day it seems like he gets a little better and from time to time he gets it banged and it reverts back,” Williams said. “We’ll see.”

But after taking another look at the knee, Frazier said an operation was needed.

“It wasn’t a scope, just a minor procedure to ease some pain he had in the front of his knee,” Frazier said.

Williams said Floyd was already playing more than originally prescribed with defensive tackle Christian Ballard away from the team indefinitely.

“[Floyd] got more reps than originally planned and again that’s a good thing,” Williams said. “You’re on the sideline and he’s detached from you, you’ve cut off the purse strings, so that is a good thing. Then you can see how a guy functions without you sitting right there in his ear saying, ‘Hey do this, step here, move here.'”

Floyd, 22, was the Vikings first selection in April’s draft, taking him No. 23 overall, and is expected to ultimately replace veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who turned 33 this month. Floyd signed a four-year contract last month that included a $4.2 million signing bonus.

by Andrew Krammer

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