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Vikings waive Cameron Smith in procedural move

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He will go on IR when he clears waivers

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In a move that we’ve known was coming for a couple of days now, the Minnesota Vikings waived second-year linebacker Cameron Smith on Monday. Smith was recently determined to have a heart issue that will require him to have open heart surgery in the near future, thanks to testing that was done in connection with Smith having tested positive for COVID-19.

Because Smith does not have enough years to have veteran rights for roster purposes, the Vikings have to subject him to waivers first. When he clears waivers. . .as he is expected to do. . .he will move to the team’s Injured Reserve list.

As we’ve mentioned, the Vikings can do this without making another roster move, as Smith’s placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list back on 29 July meant he was not taking up a spot on the team’s 80-man Training Camp roster. The Vikings’ roster currently has 80 active players and one player, OL Oli Udoh, on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to wish Cameron Smith the best of luck with his upcoming surgery and the recovery that will follow.