Vikings HC Mike Zimmer on Smith’s availability: ‘I could be a jockey’

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer came up with an interesting way to dodge a question.
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Anything is possible.

That’s the point Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer tried to get across to reporters on Wednesday, when asked about the possibility of starting safety Harrison Smith returning for this Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Zimmer used a horse racing analogy to help make his point, according to Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune.

Smith is Minnesota’s top defensive back and the team’s third-leading tackler (54 tackles), but a knee injury sidelined him for last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Antone Exum, a sixth-round pick in last year’s draft, started in Smith’s stead and held up nicely in Minnesota’s 20-10 win over the Falcons.

Zimmer’s clever deflection reveals no information about Smith’s status for Sunday. However, if Smith playing against the Seahawks is as likely as Zimmer retiring from the NFL to become a horse jockey, don’t expect to see him on the field this weekend.

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