NFL roundup: Latest league news from Sunday, Aug. 29

The Minnesota Vikings will enter Week 1 with a sizable hole in the starting lineup.

Tight end Irv Smith is expected to undergo surgery for a meniscus injury that will sideline him for at least the start of the regular season, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

Smith’s exact recovery timeline is still to be determined.

A second-round pick out of Alabama in 2019, Smith seemed poised to have a breakout campaign in 2021, with the 23-year-old sitting atop the depth chart thanks to the departure of longtime starter Kyle Rudolph in free agency.

Smith played mostly behind Rudolph his first two seasons but did manage to start in seven games both years. He holds career totals of 66 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns in 29 career games played.

With backup Tyler Conklin dealing with an injury of his own, Minnesota will now have to rely on 2019 undrafted prospect Brandon Dillon and rookie Zach Davidson for production at the position if Conklin is also unavailable for Week 1.

Preseason news

  • Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith became the second highest-paid safety in the NFL, agreeing to terms on a four-year extension worth up to $64 million.
  • The Washington Football Team has named quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick their starter, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fitzpatrick went a combined 12-of-21 for 154 yards in two starts during the preseason.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph exited their game against the Jaguars with a left groin injury. The 2021 second-round pick was ruled out.
  • Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is undergoing an evaluation for a neck injury that’s expected to keep him out for at least a few weeks, Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per familiar sources. It’s unclear at this time exactly when the injury occurred.
  • Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is out for the 2021 season with a torn ACL, Pelissero reported.
  • New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters he was optimistic about Week 1 availabilities of a number of players with minor injuries: safety Lamarcus Joyner, left tackle Mekhi Becton, receiver Denzel Mims and running back La'Mical Perine.

Trades

  • The New York Jets are trading for Houston Texans pass rusher Shaq Lawson, Rapoport reported.

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