Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith underwent offseason surgery on an ankle that caused him to miss two games at the end of the 2016 campaign, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Smith initially sustained the injury in Minnesota’s 17-15 loss to Dallas on Dec. 1 and missed the next two contests. The 28-year-old returned to play the Vikings’ final two games of the season and was credited with five tackles while participating in his second Pro Bowl on Jan. 30.
The procedure is expected to “clean up” the ankle and allow Smith to head into the 2017 season without any lingering issues.
Smith collected 91 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in 14 games last season. He has recorded 412 tackles, 7.5 sacks and recovered three fumbles in 67 career contests since being selected by Minnesota with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
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