Vikings safety Harrison Smith was absent from practice on Thursday due to a concussion, and his status remains uncertain for Sunday’s game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Smith was hurt in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 24-7 loss at Philadelphia, and was not seen on the practice field during the portion open to the media. He also sat out a workout on Wednesday.
Smith’s primary replacement against the Eagles was Josh Metellus, who was in for 10 plays at safety while rookie Lewis Cine was in for just one in his NFL debut. Speaking before the practice, Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell was noncommittal about who would start in Smith’s place if he can’t play against the Lions.
“Both will be in the mix,” Donatell said. “Those are things that we don’t know. That’s days away. We’re prepared, and you could see both of them. Either or.”
Also not practicing for the Vikings on Thursday was rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. due to a quadriceps injury. Booth was hurt in the Sept. 11 opener against Green Bay and sat out against the Eagles.
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