Adam Thielen is questionable for Sunday

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The Vikings have an unexpected source of injury anxiety as they enter the NFC title game against the Eagles.

Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Friday that receiver Adam Thielen is questionable, with a lower back injury.

Thielen didn’t practice on Wednesday, and he was limited in practice on Friday.

The questionable category became in 2016 a broad one, encompassing essentially anything less than a 100-percent chance of playing, all the way down to 50-50. The next question will be whether Thielen travels to Philadelphia with his teammates.

He has said he’ll be fine, and there’s a chance that the Vikings are simply engaged in a little gamesmanship. If, for some reason, Thielen can’t play, lesser-used pass-catchers like Laquon Treadwell and Michael Floyd would become more important to the offense. Also, underrated slot receiver Jarius Wright would take on greater significance.

25 responses to “Adam Thielen is questionable for Sunday

  1. If he cannot play OR is limited Sunday, that is a 7 point swing. Not looking really good for the Vikings unless Wright really steps up or an even longer shot Treadwell does.
    This is very important because instead of a 3.5 point Vikings spread, it becomes a 3.5 Eagles spread!
    But This IS the Vikings year!
    SKOL!

  2. Jeez, with all of these “injury” updates coming out a player at a time, why don’t teams just flat out say that ALL of their players are questionable for the game this weekend and end it.

    Or, to put it Florio speak – all players will play this weekend, unless they don’t.

  3. No Thielen would be a huge loss, not only production but it would also make it easier to defend Diggs. I hope he gets better.

    Vikings can win without Thielen, but it would be a lot harder.

  4. If Thielen can’t go on Sunday, I would expect to see Floyd get most of the snaps. He’s faster than Treadwell and closer to the type of receiver that Thielen is.

    Hate to see this as a Viking fan. Thielen is a game-changer, and not having him could make the difference. Then again, Floyd is pretty good is his own right, and has been waiting for a chance to prove himself. We’ll see.

  5. Getting rid of the probable tag was done solely for gambling… can’t figure out any other reason than to help out the odds makers while keeping average fans in the dark.

  6. This is not good. The Vikings are not one of those teams who classify a player as Questionable just because they’re nicked and they’re most likely to play. What tends to happen is the injury and situation is worse than the classification. Probable is Questionable and Questionable is Doubtful. Dang.

  7. Zimmer is playing with the Eagles. Adam would rather cut off his legs than not play. He’ll be there as well Sendajo. Only Stephans is a scratch.

  8. Chill. Jarius Wright is no slouch. Yes, he’s gotten buried on the depth chart, but he’s experienced and repeatedly comes up with big plays. Do a YouTube on him.

  9. I can’t stand the Vikings because of some of their fans, but it would be a shame for Thielen if he cannot play. This is the team he grew up watching, and for him it would be a great story if they went all the way with him being a big part of it. He deserves to be part of this more than anyone else, and it would be sad for him if he cannot play. I imagine he will play unless they chain him to a hospital bed.

  10. tinye67 says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    This is not good. The Vikings are not one of those teams who classify a player as Questionable just because they’re nicked and they’re most likely to play.
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    Yeah, they just say a player is good to go, when he really has a season ending injury, like Sam Bradford.

  11. tremoluxman says:
    January 19, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Chill. Jarius Wright is no slouch. Yes, he’s gotten buried on the depth chart, but he’s experienced and repeatedly comes up with big plays. Do a YouTube on him.
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    He’s no slouch, but he isn’t second-team All-Pro either.

  12. Thielen will not miss this game. He would get a cortisone injection before missing this game.

  13. dawkphan says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    keep counting us out Viking fans , we’ll see you on sunday and put an end to this speculation
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    Ain’t nobody counting you out, it’s called being confident in your own team. It should be a close game. The second half of your statement pretty much counted the Vikings out, which in that case would be a huge mistake.

  14. Hopefully they can give him a shot to remove the pain. If there is no way to cause more damage. Hearing this is a concern. What play did it happen on?

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