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Sharrif Floyd does not appear close to returning from latest knee injury

Today marks exactly four weeks since Sharrif Floyd underwent his latest knee surgery, one that cleaned up cartilage issues in his right knee.

Though Floyd, who missed four starts last season after a similar operation, does not appear close to returning.

“I don’t think so,” head coach Mike Zimmer said when asked Thursday if Floyd’s return to practice was imminent.

Floyd was limited throughout the offseason due to knee issues and has not practiced since Sept. 9. Two days later, during the opener in Tennessee, Floyd suffered the latest setback that ultimately required surgery on Sept. 22.

It’s a disappointing turn for Floyd, who is in position to play for a long-term contract extension this year. The Vikings picked up his fifth-year option in the spring, so he’s under contract through 2017.

The Vikings defense hasn’t missed a beat despite losing the 2013 first-round pick. They’re tied for the NFL lead with 19 sacks, including 17 from the defensive line, as Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen have filled in for Floyd.

Floyd may not travel to Philadelphia, his hometown, for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Floyd said Thursday it’d be Zimmer’s decision and that he was happy for his teammates.

Sunday will mark Floyd’s 10th missed game since 2014.

In other injury news, tight end MyCole Pruitt (knee) still has not returned after injuring his knee Oct. 2 against the Texans. Though the Vikings will get some help at the position as Rhett Ellison and rookie David Morgan are on track to return from their own knee injuries.

Guard Brandon Fusco passed the concussion protocol, per Zimmer, and was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

Still limited for the Vikings this week are receiver Stefon Diggs (groin), receiver Jarius Wright (ankle), tackle Jeremiah Sirles (knee) and receiver Laquon Treadwell (thumb).

Edwards apologizes for DWI arrest: 'It's a one-time deal'

George Edwards  apologized Thursday for his DWI arrest five months ago when speaking publicly for the first time since the incident became known this week.

“I know everyone knows about my situation from the spring. I want to say publicly as I’ve done privately that I apologize to our organization, our owners, our players, everybody involved in this organization for any negative light that has been shined upon because of this poor decision I made,” Edwards said before taking questions. “It was definitely my responsibility, it was a poor decision on my part. And I’ve taken the steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“I don’t think it’s a one-time deal, I know it’s a one-time deal.”

Edwards, the Vikings’ 49-year-old defensive coordinator, was pulled over in Chanhassen on the night of May 21 after failing to signal on multiple turns into a Taco Bell, according to the arrest report. Edwards told police he’d had two drinks and had already made it back home to Eden Prairie, but returned to Taco Bell because he’d received the wrong order.

After failing field sobriety tests, Edwards registered a .10 blood alcohol content, above the .08 legal limit, and was charged with three misdemeanors, including fourth-degree DWI. Edwards pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving Aug. 30 and was sentenced to one year of probation and a $1,000 fine.

This week, the Vikings acknowledged the arrest and said Edwards was “significantly disciplined.” Edwards made a “huge monetary commitment” as directed by the team, according to head coach Mike Zimmer, among other team-imposed requirements that have not been disclosed.

“I notified the team right away, notified coach of it,” Edwards said. “I followed the protocol and went through the steps that were necessary to be at this point right now. Since that point in time, I’ve made sure I’ve taken care of everything that they asked me to take care of. I have put it behind me to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Edwards was asked if he made any kind of donation as part of the financial commitment.

“A part of what I was required to do was pay a fine,” Edwards said.

Edwards’ arrest from the spring became public just after the Vikings released practice squad guard Isame Faciane from the team following a DWI arrest last week.

“Every situation is different,” Zimmer said Wednesday. “I don’t really care about being consistent. I care about being right. When this happened with George, he was given a lot things to do including a huge monetary commitment that he had to make and he fulfilled all of his obligations.

“[Faciane's] situation, I told the players in the meeting the day they left to make sure they stay out of trouble, do the right things, and I told again off the field after they left. I had the coaches text them to make sure to remind them to stay out of trouble. When this happened on the very same day, [Faciane] was told to call me twice and did not call me. Every situation is different. And I like Isame. If he fulfills his obligations, I’m not opposed to bringing him back as well.”

12:00 PM, 10/23 (FOX)
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