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Kevin O'Connell Provides Injury Updates on Irv Smith, Jr. & Dalvin Tomlinson

EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said Wednesday that the team is "getting second opinions" on tight end Irv Smith, Jr., and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson is still "week-to-week."

Smith left midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-26 victory against Arizona with an ankle injury. He had four catches for 28 yards.

Minnesota placed Smith on Injured Reserve Tuesday, meaning he will be out at least four games.

A couple of hours before that transaction, the Vikings acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson from Detroit, as well as a fourth-round pick in 2023 and a conditional pick in 2024, in exchange for a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick.

"We're still in the process of figuring out exactly if it is going to be something that may or may not require a procedure to help heal," O'Connell stated to Twin Cities reporters about Smith's injury. "[We're] just making sure we have all the information for Irv with [Executive Director of Player Health and Performance] Tyler [Williams], [Head Athletic Trainer] Uriah [Myrie] and our medical team and any other opinions we need to get to make sure Irv feels comfortable with whatever he decides to do to have the best path [moving] forward to hopefully helping us win football games.

"Like I told him yesterday, he's still a major part in my mind of our offense, and it's an added bonus to now have that kind of depth when Irv returns in our tight ends room," O'Connell added.

View photos of Vikings players during practice on Nov. 2 at TCO Performance Center.

Defensively, Tomlinson exited during the third quarter against the Cardinals and was declared out for the remainder of the game with a calf injury.

O'Connell said the Vikings will see how Tomlinson progresses and will make a determination later in the week on his availability for this Sunday's game at Washington.

"With the type of season he's had and the impact he's had on our team, I want to make sure D.T. gets back healthy enough to really sustain now. We're through the bye and we're going to have a 10-game stretch here where we're fighting to play some extra football, and we want to make sure we're not pushing him too fast too soon," O'Connell said. "He's shown to attack that rehab, and we're certainly not going to stand in the way of him trying to make it this weekend."