The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that their Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion. Smith suffered the injury in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith has been as durable as they come in the NFL, playing in at least 15 games in every season since 2017. In two games so far this season, Smith has 20 total tackles and notched an interception in Week 1 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Smith's absence should open the door for Minnesota's 2022 first-round pick, Lewis Cine, to get more run after seeing just one defensive snap against the Eagles.
Minnesota also ruled out rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. with a quad injury, further thinning the secondary for defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. Booth Jr. also missed the game against the Eagles after going down with the quad injury in Week 1.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks is listed as questionable with a toe injury.