The end of the 2016 season was a painful one for Minnesota Vikings’ star safety Harrison Smith. He suffered a high ankle sprain in the Thursday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and it was initially thought that he would miss the rest of the season. However, he missed just one game and played through the injury the rest of the way. He even made the trip to play in the Pro Bowl after the regular season had concluded.
Apparently the sprain, which was a Grade 3 sprain (the worst possible) was bad enough where Smith had to go under the knife.
Source told @JFowlerESPN what @caplannfl and I had heard this offseason: Harrison Smith had surgery on high ankle sprain.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 29, 2017
There hasn’t been any word on when, exactly, Smith had the surgery. Until we definitively hear otherwise, there’s no reason to think that it will prevent Smith from being a full go for the 2017 NFL season, and he’ll likely even be ready to go for Organized Team Activities when they get underway this spring and summer.