According to Pelissero, Smith’s timetable is still undetermined at this time, but he will end up missing a portion of the season.
This is definitely a tough blow for the Vikings’ offense, as Smith Jr is their clear No. 1 tight end and was expected to have a breakout 2021 season.
Smith, 23, is a former second-round pick of the Vikings back in 2019. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $5.798 million contract that included a $2.237 million signing bonus.
In 2020, Smith appeared in 13 games for the Vikings and caught 30 passes for 365 yards receiving and five touchdowns.