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Kevin O'Connell: Harrison Smith Being Evaluated for Concussion

Vikings safety Harrison Smith left Monday's 24-7 loss to the Eagles to be evaluated for a concussion.

Minnesota Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said after speaking with Executive Director of Player Health and Performance Tyler Williams and Head Athletic Trainer Uriah Myrie, the Vikings "feel pretty strongly about where he's at, but we'll go through the phasing" before determining if the safety will be available Sunday against Detroit.

"It's very, very important that that gets handled through the medical protocol," O'Connell said. "It is a short week, so we'll just kind of have to see where he's at, but he was all over the field tonight and had to make a lot of plays down the field in the run and pass game.

"He's one of our guys, one of our leaders, and not one time did you ever feel like Harrison wasn't leading the way out there, but unfortunately we did lose him," O'Connell added. "We'll see how he is throughout the rest of the week."

Smith tied his career high with 13 tackles on a night when the Eagles were able to get the ball down the field on pass and run plays.

Minnesota (1-1) hosts Detroit (1-1) at noon (CT). The Lions bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Eagles, who are one of six teams to start the season 2-0.

There are 19 teams across the NFL, including the four in the NFC North, who split their first two games. Five teams are 0-2, and two opened 0-1-1.

View photos from the Vikings-Eagles Monday Night Football game on Sept. 19 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Here are two other topics O'Connell covered in his postgame press conference.

O'Connell shoulders blame

The first-year head coach went from enjoying an incredible high in a home win over the Packers to a sinking low in a span of two weeks.

Minnesota's offense failed to sustain drives early and suffered three interceptions to upend some nice opportunities after halftime. It's defense allowed a total of 486 yards after being on the field for 36:14.

"When you only have 21 plays [in the first half] and you can't convert on those early third downs and stay efficient, that's how we want to activate and operate and do a lot of the things that we do offensively," O'Connell said. "When we don't do that, I 100 percent put it on myself to make sure we find a way. Schematically, personnel-based, all of those things, we'll go back and take a look at it.

"I can promise you that I have so much confidence in our group offensively – the guys up front, our running backs, and obviously our skill players to make a lot of plays," he added. "I thought Kirk [Cousins] battled tonight, and I put him in some tough spots. Our overall offensive philosophy when we do not succeed, it puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback, and that's where once again I put this 100 percent on me to be better for our offense and our team, and that's how I feel about it."

Taking a look at Akayleb Evans

O'Connell was asked if cornerback Cameron Dantzler, Sr., suffered an injury that prompted rookie Akayleb Evans coming into the game at cornerback.

"Yeah, I would have to go back and look at it. I just know we had talked about maybe getting Akayleb Evans some time here and there," O'Connell said. "I think with the way the game was going it felt like a time where the guys wanted to get him a few snaps. As always, he made a couple of plays."

"Cam is still, in my mind, our starting corner. It was just a matter of getting a young player some time that we feel like has earned the right to get on the field here and there, either by package, dime or whatever it may be, or getting him in there on some of those early downs," O'Connell added.

Dantzler recorded four tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed. Evans recorded two tackles.

It's going to be a challenge, we'll get right back to work as a staff and get their recovery however we can. We've got a nice play for those guys. This is our first short week leading into a tough divisional win at home. We're going to rally. We expect our fans, combined with us playing a cleaner game and being ready to roll to have ourselves a day at home against a good football team that's playing really well right now.