Vikings top pick Sharrif Floyd won’t miss time after injury scare
Late in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason opener Floyd went down and raised some serious concern while he lay there on the ground after a 2-yard carry by Texans running back Cierre Wood.
“Late cut (block) and I came off to the side,” Floyd said of his injury. “It felt weird, and when something feels weird, don’t move. (Trainers) said everything was fine so no problems.”
The rookie defensive tackle did not move from his position for a sometime while being attended by athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and other members of the Vikings’ training/medical staff who were examining his left knee. However, it was a comforting sign when Floyd walked off the field under his own power, even though did not return to the game at a later interval.
“He should be fine," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier offered some reassurance based on his immediate understanding of Floyd’s injury after Friday’s game. "We could have put him back in the game, but decided (with) where we were at this time of the year we didn't (need to)."
Despite taking 15 defensive snaps which constitutes to just 20 percent made in the game, Floyd made a good first impression finishing with a tackle for a loss and also deflecting a pass by Texans quarterback T.J. Yates at the line of scrimmage.
"I felt as though everything went well," Floyd said. "Obviously I can get better at everything I do. So I'll go back, sit down with coach and find all the ways to get better."
Floyd said there was “not a chance” he would be held out of a practice – with the Vikings returning to Mankato on Sunday for the final week of their training camp.
As a first-round pick by the Vikings in April, Floyd is projected to backup Kevin Williams at the 3-technique this season. But with Willams among the veterans who were held out of Friday’s game, Floyd got a chance for a bigger role. Defensive end Christian Ballard got the start inside on the frontline, alongside nose tackle Letroy Guion.