Mike Zimmer disputes notion that Adam Thielen was rushed back from hamstring injury

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Two weeks after Vikings receiver Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury, he returned. And he didn’t last long.

Thielen exited Sunday’s game against the Chiefs after aggravating the injury, and he didn’t return. His status for Sunday night at Dallas remains up in the air.

At a midweek press conference, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer disputed the notion that Thielen was rushed back from the injury.

“It’s just one of those things that he got in the game and it grabbed a little bit,” Zimmer said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a long-term deal.”

It may not be a long-term deal, but it can become a long-term deal if Thielen is never shut down long enough for the hamstring to heal. That grab in the muscle means it’s not healed. There’s no replacement for sufficient rest to ensure that it won’t grab at full speed.

26 responses to “Mike Zimmer disputes notion that Adam Thielen was rushed back from hamstring injury

  1. The hamstring,high ankle sprain,and turf toe are three of the hardest injuries to heal up,and as far as Thielen goes,two weeks is no where near enough time to heal a hamstring. He should have never even dressed for that Chiefs game. Now it’s aggravated,meaning more missed time. The Vikings can’t afford that.

  2. Thielen has a partial tear and this will linger and perhaps need surgery in the offseason.

    Wish him the best.

  3. What is he suppose to say? Come on now, no team will let on As to how the player is getting treatments or subject to health if it is getting better or worse? That’s professional sports for ya.

  4. Just because he got injured again, doesn’t mean he was rushed back. He was healthy and was cleared. He got hurt playing tackle football. Unfortunately Injuries happen every week in a,tough physical sport. It’s nobody fault. Once you injure your hammy or groin, it’s never the same again if you return in the same season. unless you take a year off, it will continue to bother you when playing in the nfl at full speed. It’s nobody fault. That’s the nfl. Injuries happen.

  5. Some teams simply care about the health and overall well being of their players than other teams.
    There’s been clear examples of it across the league for years.

  6. Mike Zimmer is a Moron. And should be fired. He takes a team with this talent and goes 8 and 8 . Not watching another game with him as Coach he sucks. And take Cousins and whats left of his $84 million with you too.

  7. Of course, he was rushed back too soon. That worked out well, didn’t it. He only played a few snaps anyway and had to leave. He should have not dressed up for the game. The Viking “brain trust” scores(?) again.

  8. They might as well just put him on IR. This week lose to Cowboys then 6-4 then lose to Seattle 6-5 one more loss to the Bears 6-6 and one more loss to the Packers 6-7 . End up 8 and 8 what a surprise?

  9. Robert Nodler is absolutely right. How many times has Zimmer coached the Vikings out of victory either by poor preparation or incredibly bad in game coaching. KC is just the latest example of Zimmer coaching the Vikings to a lose. I do not understand why he still has a job.

  10. Maybe the Vikings didnt rush him back, but sometimes you need to protect the players from themselves and him wanting to get out there.

    I get everyone heals differently but with hamstrings, its best to error on the side of caution. One week too many is better than one week too early. Cuz you just end up back at square one and it took one possesion to set him back.

  11. It was a big game, Thielen is a competitive guy & wanted to play. Hamstring injuries, like turf toe, can be very difficult to heal from. Rest him for a while & let the other players contribute.

  12. A loss to the cowpies this weekend will knock the confidence completely out of mini. The reality of another Lombardi -less year will shrink their d_ _ ks. 2 losses in a row to teams with winning records is a clear indication this team is not ready yet again!

  13. Robert Nodler says:
    November 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Mike Zimmer is a Moron. And should be fired. He takes a team with this talent and goes 8 and 8 .
    _________

    Actually, they’re 6-3. You can project out the schedule all you want but you are what your record says you are.

  14. Robert Nodler says:
    November 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    Should have kept Kyle Sloter at the league Minimum. At least he has heart
    ________________________________________________

    LOL Sloter couldn’t beat out Sean Manion for the backup spot. Next.

  15. Robert molder…. you’re losing it man. That game could’ve gone either way. They got the bounces at the end, Chiefs are pretty good. We were on the road. We’re a 6-3 team. Got another tough one this week… that’s what this league is. This ain’t college ball. Ask Dallas… they lost to the jets. Ask GB… they just lost to a 3-5 team.

  16. They might as well just put him on IR. This week lose to Cowboys then 6-4 then lose to Seattle 6-5 one more loss to the Bears 6-6 and one more loss to the Packers 6-7 . End up 8 and 8 what a surprise?
    ——
    Cowyboys are beatable and losing to the Bears at home? Doubtful. Have you seen them play this year?

  17. He got hurt within like 30 seconds of the game starting. That alone says he was rushed back and not ready. Now, I’d like to say it’s more the player and doctors than head coach, as you do have to trust your medical staff, but that’s kind of BS too. Unless that player can go 100% on a Thursday or Friday, then he should be kept out with that type of injury. It’s not like another injury that you can play through. This particular injury can get much worse if not healed up.

  18. Zimmer reminds me of Denny Green….. plays “not to lose” instead of playing “to win”…..no guts, no glory……good coaches will win half the games with twice the talent……great coaches will win twice the games with half the talent….

  19. He was rushed back to early. Hamstrings dont heal in two weeks. Anyone who has had them knows that. Even the most mild need more than that. That was a big mistake.

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