It appears that Sharrif Floyd’s comeback attempt has, once again, been put on hold.
On Monday, before the start of the first practice of camp, the Vikings announced that they had placed Floyd on the Non-Football Injury list, a sign that his leg is still not where it needs to be in order for him to get back on the field.
Floyd played in last year’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans, and then went under the knife for a knee surgery. During that surgery, he suffered nerve damage that has caused his quadriceps to not “fire” correctly, which is why he didn’t play after that first week in 2016 (and why the team waited as long as they did to finally place him on Injured Reserve).
I’m assuming that the Vikings placed Floyd on the Non-Football Injury List (rather than the Physically Unable to Perform List) because while his knee injury was suffered on the field, the issue now is with the quad. This happened as a result of the botched surgery. That would make it a non-football injury as opposed to a football-related injury that Floyd was still attempting to rehab.
As we detailed last year, the PUP and NFI lists are largely similar. Once we get a firm reasoning behind why Floyd is on NFI and not PUP (if it’s different from what I speculated above there), we will update this story with that information.