EAGAN, Minn. – Already without Stefon Diggs for a second consecutive day, the Minnesota Vikings have received more bad news from the wide receiver position with Adam Thielen who suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s practice.
Thielen, whose overtime hold won the Vikings for a 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild card game on Sunday, was listed as limited in the team’s injury report and was not seen leaving the field after the tests.
Thielen was not in the injury report on Tuesday and during the part of the practice open to the media on Wednesday she did normal stretching and individual exercises. He was also scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday, but his session was postponed.
Diggs, meanwhile, is dealing with an illness, and coach Mike Zimmer has not expressed concern about how his absence could affect his willingness to play San Francisco 49ers Saturday.
“No, he’s sick,” said Zimmer of Diggs. “It will be fine.”
This is Thielen’s second injury this season. He injured his hamstring in the first quarter of a Week 7 win in Detroit and made a brief comeback in Week 9, only to quickly deny himself in a defeat in Kansas City.
The Vikings shut Thielen for the next six weeks until he returned to Los Angeles’ chargers on December 15.
Thielen’s breakout performance against the Saints – seven taken for 129 yards – came after scoring 109 total reception yards in the last five games he played in 2019, including a week 16 defeat against Green Bay in which he was kept without fishing.
Wednesday’s Vikings were also unsecured Jayron Kearse (toe / knee) and nickel angle Mackensie Alexander, who was scheduled for surgery to repair a tear in his lateral meniscus, a championship source said. ESPN. Linval Joseph’s nose gear has been enhanced with limited participation with a knee injury.