Vikings LB Cameron Smith reverted to the non-football injury list on Tuesday after officially passing through waivers unclaimed.
Smith announced Saturday he will miss the 2020 season after undergoing open-heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve. The condition was discovered after the 2019 fifth-round pick underwent a COVID-19 test.
“Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” Smith wrote.
Ben Goessling says his understanding of the situation is that the Vikings still plan to pay Smith his $675,00 salary for the 2020 season.
Smith, 23, is a former fifth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2019. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $2.8 million contract.
Minnesota waived Smith with a non-football injury designation on Monday.
In 2019, Smith appeared in five games for the Vikings and recorded eight tackles and no sacks or interceptions.