Adam Thielen popped up on the harm checklist Wednesday with a mysterious ankle harm and used to be listed as restricted.
With the Vikings space to face the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday afternoon, Thielen’s place of abode is questionable heading into the weekend.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that Thielen wanted stitches for a sinister decrease on his ankle suffered in be aware Wednesday, per sources suggested of the likelihood. He used to be relate at the open of be aware Thursday but didn’t participate. He officially used to be listed as questionable on the harm checklist. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t slouch into detail about how Thielen suffered the harm.
For his portion, Thielen downplayed the severity of the harm at some level of a Thursday seek recommendation from on NFL Network’s Wonderful Morning Football.
“Yeah, you know the contrivance in which it’s a long way,” Thielen talked about. “I unbiased bought rather tangled up in be aware but I’m going to enact whatever it takes — or now not it’s playoffs. I might enact whatever it takes to be available within the market on Saturday with my teammates and gather a understand at to benefit this crew steal.”
Pelissero reported Thursday morning that the initial prognosis used to be encouraging for Thielen’s potentialities of playing Saturday against the 49ers, but they’re peaceable gathering data and will proceed with warning.
Thielen later suggested reporters after be aware that “we’ll stare how it goes” when requested about his availability for Saturday.
“I bought a pair days so I’m going to gather it at some point soon at a time to strive and be available within the market on Saturday and gather a understand at to benefit my teammates,” Thielen talked about per ESPN.com’s Courtney Cronin.
While Thielen deals at the side of his ankle dispute, the Vikings did receive some factual receiver files Thursday. Stefon Diggs returned to the be aware self-discipline after missing the outdated two sessions on account of illness — though coach Zimmer previously had pushed apart concerns Diggs wouldn’t be ready for Saturday. Diggs didn’t appreciate an harm designation so he desires to be ready to slouch for the game.
Stefon Diggs assured he’ll play Saturday: “Yeah, even when I was 30 percent, I might well be available within the market. I point out, or now not it’s football, and or now not it’s that time of the 365 days. Nothing’s going to be excellent. A host of fellows appreciate bought bumps and bruises, and I would now not let rather flu place me from the game.”â€” Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin)
January 9, 2020
Coming off a seven-opt, 129-yard performance within the wild-card spherical — after a rocky open to the game that integrated a fumble — Thielen once extra proved he’s a lynchpin of the Vikings’ offense.
When Thielen and Dalvin Cook are healthy and, on the self-discipline, Minnesota’s offense is vastly superior. The Vikings appreciate averaged 6.1 extra features per game, 51.5 extra yards and almost three extra enormous performs per game when every Cook and Thielen appreciate played this season (including playoffs), per NFL Study.
At this stage, the hope is Thielen’s decrease might now not prove sinister ample to retain him out versus San Francisco.