Here’s an interesting development. While the Raiders were said to be contemplating re-signing Latavius Murray, he was in need of ankle surgery. Murray ultimately signed with the Vikings, who signed him despite the need for surgery coming up in his physical with the team. That surgery was performed Wednesday.
“Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today,” The Vikings said in an official statement. “The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp.”
The surgery is said to be for bone spurs according to NFL media’s Ian Rapoport.
#Vikings RB Latavius Murray's ankle injury was described as bone spurs. This is why he took visits: Teams could take a first-hand look at it— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2017
In recovery, it sounds like Murray will not be participating in the Vikings’ offseason program which would include all Organized Training Activities through May and Minicamp in June, with training camp as his expected return.
Murray has had foot and ankle injuries much of his career in Oakland. He suffered a foot sprain in offseason workouts and then broke his ankle after just one preseason game with the team and missed his entire rookie season.
Last season he missed two games with a turf toe injury that required the team to look into getting him special shoes.
Murray signed a 3-year deal with the Vikings, but the contract reads more like a one-year tryout. If he can’t return to form this season whether because of the ankle injury or otherwise, they can release him without having to pay $5.15 million of his total $8.55 million ‘guaranteed’.