Minnesota's Irv Smith (meniscus) reportedly expected to miss start of regular season

According to Tom Pelissero, Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (meniscus) is expected to undergo surgery "that will sideline him for at least the start of the regular season."

What It Means:

Smith's exact timetable remains unknown but it appears Minnesota's young tight end could miss more than one regular season game after meniscus surgery. Expect Tyler Conklin to see a boost in playing time while Smith is sidelined.

According to Pro Football Focus on 212 receiving snaps last season, Conklin produced 19 receptions for 194 yards and a 54.5 receiving rating.