Za’Darius Smith Probable to Return After Suffering Knee Injury

Will the Real Z-Smith Please Stand Up?
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Za'Darius Smith. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

It was a huge first half for Za’Darius Smith against the Arizona Cardinals offense. The Vikings pass rusher totaled a pair of sacks and TFLs, benefiting from 60% of the Cardinals offensive line being out. He even got to pull out the Jared Allen “calf rope” celebration. Allen was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime after a terrific NFL career.

Smith is now up to 7.5 sacks on the year, leading the Vikings defense. However, all Vikings fans held their breath as he went down on the field following a play. His leg got caught up underneath NT Harrison Phillips, and he left with a knee injury.

Immediately after Smith left the game, Kyler Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. The TD cut Minnesota’s lead to one possession, and after Greg Joseph had a 56-yard field goal blocked, Arizona gets the ball with a chance to take the lead to open the second half.

Luckily, Smith has been listed as probable to return. Minnesota will certainly need his presence to close out the game as they currently lead 14-10 heading into the third quarter.

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