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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Adding insult to the injury of a 28-10 defeat at the hands of a divisional opponent, the Vikings lost two key components to injury Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Two young impact players, Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith, left yesterday's game after failing concussion tests on the sidelines.
Known as a hard hitting safety around the league, Harrison Smith may have been bitten by his own bite on Sunday.
On the fourth play of the third quarter, Smith flew in to the near side of the field to lay a hit on Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. Smith knocked Bennett out of bounds but in doing so knocked himself silly.
After lying on the ground, dazed for a few seconds, Smith attempted to regain his composure and cross the field to the Vikings sidelines. Smith wobbly regained his feet only to be stopped by teammates as trainers crossed the field to assess Smith's condition. Once back on the Vikings' sidelines Smith was given concussion tests and was later taken to the locker room.
Joining his former Notre Dame fighting Irish teammate, Kyle Rudolph headed to the Vikings locker room a short time later.
It was unclear when Kyle Rudolph suffered his injury, but at some point after an incomplete pass at the end of the third quarter Rudolph was seen walking into the locker room with a trainer. Word came out shortly thereafter that Rudolph was given tests on the sideline for concussion related symptoms and was later taken to the locker room for further evaluation.
After the game, coach Leslie Frazier confirmed the two concussions and said that he "would probably learn more on [Monday]."