Reports came out early Monday morning that Minnesota Vikings second-round pick cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. was having surgery on his knee the same day. They wouldn’t know until after the surgery how long he would be out due to the nature of the injury.
During his press conference on Monday, head coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed that Booth Jr. had surgery for a meniscus injury.
Booth Jr. had some lingering soreness coming out of the game against the Dallas Cowboys but after further tests and opinions, they determined that he had a meniscus injury.
O’Connell did say that once they know, it will either keep Booth Jr. out until January or it will keep him out for months.
Meniscus injuries are twofold. You can trim the injury and the recovery time is usually between 4-6 weeks. If it’s a large enough tear that needs a full repair, often called a bucket handle tear, the recovery can be 4 months or longer. Irv Smith Jr. and Adrian Peterson have had the full repair on their knees.
With his history of knee injuries, it would likely be in his best interest to get the full repair regardless of the extent of the injury.