Adam Thielen’s hamstring seems to be regressing, again

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Last week, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was participating in practice and possibly on track to play on Monday night. Then, on Sunday, he abruptly was ruled out for Monday night’s game in Seattle.

Then, on Wednesday, the Vikings said that Thielen wouldn’t have practiced at all, if they’d had more than a walk through.

The circumstances suggest another aggravation of the hamstring injury suffered nearly seven weeks ago. Which raises real questions about when he’ll return.

Thielen initially tried to return from the injury two weeks after first suffering it. He quickly exited after aggravating it.

The Vikings host the Lions on Sunday, before traveling to L.A. to face the Chargers. The Vikings finish with home games against the Packers and Bears.

They’ve come this far without him; it arguably makes sense to shut him down until the playoffs, as long as they keep winning regular-season games.

Also not practicing, if the Vikings actually had had a normal practice, would have been left tackle Riley Reiff (concussion) and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (knee). Five other Vikings would have been limited: running back Dalvin Cook (chest), defensive end Everson Griffen (knee), safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee), and linebacker Eric Wilson (shoulder).

49 responses to “Adam Thielen’s hamstring seems to be regressing, again

  1. It’s probably been aggravated from getting up and down so many times from the pedestal he’s been placed on.

  2. Maybe ok for him to take another week off. Detroit is… not good without Stafford. But he should be good for LA.

  3. Rushed back then back to square one, is it more serious than thought? How does it regress is he rehabbing too hard?

    Are they waiting for the playoffs? While that may be a boost talent wise, but after missing 2 montha there will be some sort of hiccup, in execution or timing of the offense, unless he can practice a bit but that doesnt sound promissing.

  4. Funny, ever since he hurt his hammy, haven’t heard a peep from him, nor has he thrown his QB under the bus…..

  5. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    It’s probably been aggravated from getting up and down so many times from the pedestal he’s been placed on.
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    Thielan is living the dream! He has over performed at every level, He is a great guy that any team would be proud of. He has put in the work, PLUS some.. He never gets in trouble! For you or Anyone who would say anything negative. about him proves how big of an……. they are. SKOL VIKES

  6. Now is not the time to evaluate the 2019 season but if the Vikings should miss the playoffs, they can count amongst their biggest mistakes the decision to rush Thielen back into the line up before his hammy was fully healed. Well that and signing Cousins to a $84M contract but that mistake is across 3 years.

  7. Thielen must have the weakest hamstring in the history of the NFL. Never seen a guy miss half a season with a tweaked hammy. He’s been saying since it happened that he was fine and was hoping to play the Washington game the following Thursday after it happened. That was 2 months ago.Pretty weak. Can you tell I’m a frustrated fantasy football with Adam Thielen constantly on my bench ? 🙂

  8. Adam Thielans hamstring took offense to being called regressed. We may see a suspension on the horizon.

  9. Frazier28/7 says:
    December 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    I’m more worried about the defense va Detroit than the offense.

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    Needs to be repeated.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    It’s probably been aggravated from getting up and down so many times from the pedestal he’s been placed on.

    You and Tokyo crack me up with your 12 year old comments. Keep posting I enjoy the laughs.

  11. LIKEtheVIKE says:
    December 4, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    It’s probably been aggravated from getting up and down so many times from the pedestal he’s been placed on.
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    Thielan is living the dream! He has over performed at every level, He is a great guy that any team would be proud of. He has put in the work, PLUS some.. He never gets in trouble! For you or Anyone who would say anything negative. about him proves how big of an……. they are. SKOL VIKES
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    Never gets in trouble? Unless he’s calling out his QB in the media, you mean?

  12. I’ve been saying for weeks, stop wasting his roster spot and put him on IR where he belongs. Then the first thing the organization needs to do in the off-season is restructure Theilen for a more team-friendly contract that takes in account his inability to get healthy and stay on the field.

  13. Diggs needs to step it up but I don’t think he is capable. He is a great #2 but he hasn’t shown any #1 ability yet.

  14. If this is a high hamstring tear near the pelvis, that area gets very little blood flow to promote healing. My son had one in 2018 and the Doc shut him down for a month with ZERO activity for the legs, no rehab exercises, no upper body weight work that would require the hamstrings to activate for any type of support. THEN a week of light activity leading up to full speed work over the next 2 weeks. It sucks but if you want it to heal fully, it does require an extended shut down mode. This is on the player, not the training staff. This isn’t like a broken bone or torn ligament you can see is fully healed. They are taking the word of the player and if he has never dealt with this, he is in new waters and likely doesn’t grasp the reality of this injury and how sensitive they are to any strain put on them before fully healed. He wanted to play!

  15. I know first hand how finicky hamstrings can be from my days in Track, but considering that Thielen is a fine-tuned professional athlete, it seems odd that he is taking this long to recover from what was initially described as a minor hamstring injury … and Thielen has a team of professional doctors and physical therapists to help him get through it. Is it possible the injury is worse than originally diagnosed? Time for a specialist to take another look at it.

  16. Whats with all the trolls and the negative comments? Dude has a hammy. But then again I am sure nobody else has ever had a hammy before.

    As always, have a great day.

  17. Angelo D says:
    December 5, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Never gets in trouble? Unless he’s calling out his QB in the media, you mean?

    You mean like Rogers going to the media to complain that his team didn’t take their naps that’s why they lost.

    Wow now I’m acting like stellar and Tokyo lol

  18. Unless he suddenly can play defense as a corner or somewhere helping stop the run, I think you shut him down for as long as it takes. Yes his presence can be a game changer, but we need to think long term and big picture. Let the guy heal.

  19. vikeman51270 says:
    December 5, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Whats with all the trolls and the negative comments? Dude has a hammy. But then again I am sure nobody else has ever had a hammy before.

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    Dude’s had the priviledge of staying on the active roster while producing zilch for over two months where most players in his position would have been placed on IR.

    Add to that he aired his frustrations in the media instead of dealing with it in the locker room like a team player before he disappeared to the sideline for the meat of the schedule.

    I know the land of 10,000 lakes boasts very few rocket scientists, but it doesn’t take one to figure out why he’s getting (rightfully) called out this season.

  20. LIKEtheVIKE says:
    December 4, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    Thielan is living the dream! He has over performed at every level, He is a great guy that any team would be proud of. He has put in the work, PLUS some.. He never gets in trouble! For you or Anyone who would say anything negative. about him proves how big of an……. they are. SKOL VIKES
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I never said he wasn’t talented or worked hard or earned a role out of nowhere! After all, he didn’t build the pedestal his fans placed him on. Teams had him figured out anyway. Maybe they’ll forget during his absence! But I hear from good sources that one of the reasons it’s taking so long to return is the inability to find a helmet to fit the big head he’s gotten.

  21. As long as he can participate in making the Packers “one and done” in the wild card round of playoffs, everything will be fine. Can’t wait for it.

  22. I’d love the Packers to be responsible for adding to the all-time NFL records for the most postseason losses and the most one-and-done postseason appearances currently held by the Vikings. Not sorry to rub it in……..but you keep asking for it.

  23. Thielen’s a great story and very good Pro. What sucks about the NFL is waiting all year till the season starts, and then because of injuries your team can’t put it’s best on the field.

  24. jjackwagon says:
    December 5, 2019 at 8:39 am
    Diggs needs to step it up but I don’t think he is capable. He is a great #2 but he hasn’t shown any #1 ability yet.
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    Do you and the other 12 people that liked this know the NFL keeps stats? And you can look up those stats? No?

    Well, the NFL tells us that Diggs ranks 13th in the league in stats, top 5 in yards per catch, Tied 21st in TD’s, 2nd in 40+ yard receptions, 17th in yards per game.

    I can only assume you were joking when you posted this. But what’s the excuse for anybody liking your post?

  25. Different New Lions says:
    December 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    I’m attending my first game at US Bank Stadium this weekend. I hope the Lions can at least keep it close for a while lol Bring out the Snow Blough!
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    I once saw Barry Sanders rush for about 235 yards in the Metrodome. Sunday will be your turn to take a severe beatdown.

  26. This shouldn’t be a surprise to any Vikings fan. He’s had back & leg problems going back several seasons. He played in the 17 NFCCG but was basically worthless because his back was hurt. Last year 2nd half he fell off the planet & barely got 400 yards the final 8 games of the season. This year he says it’s his hamstring. It’s his back. He’s not in the best of shape for an NFL athlete with little muscle definition and not much core strength. That leads to lower back problems. This is all true. He will not be any help the rest of the season.

  27. toddm6d says:
    December 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
    vikeman51270 says:
    December 5, 2019 at 9:23 am
    Whats with all the trolls and the negative comments? Dude has a hammy. But then again I am sure nobody else has ever had a hammy before.

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    Dude’s had the priviledge of staying on the active roster while producing zilch for over two months where most players in his position would have been placed on IR.
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    What a strange response. First, he gets paid no matter if he’s on the active roster or placed on IR, so I have no idea what “privilege” you speak of. Second, he has a pulled hammy. Not sure why anybody should be calling him out about that. You call other people out because they get injured? Third, he was 100% correct that the offense wasn’t clicking earlier. And that was hardly calling people out in the media. Oh ya, and, the offense and Cousins went on fire after that. Fourth, Minnesota is one of the most educated states in the union, even if you could only come up with a “rocket scientist” example. Minnesota ranks 11th as the state with the most Fortune 500 companies as well.

  28. Wow the Vikings are really injury prone , maybe they need to toughen up some , must be from playing indoors so much or they need a new strength coach.

  29. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    December 5, 2019 at 9:41 am
    Two months out and still has better stats than any packer wr
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    Thats because GB chooses to spread the ball around,last week Lazard 3 catches 100+ yards vs kc jones had 7 catches for 160 2TDs… I will take up practically 2 games with 4 to go. For the division.

    Enjoy Theilens stats

  30. thenorseman817 says:
    December 5, 2019 at 6:54 am
    You and Tokyo crack me up with your 12 year old comments. Keep posting I enjoy the laughs.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It was not a twelve year old comment. I only wrote it yesterday!

  31. conormacleod says:
    December 5, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    Minnesota ranks 11th as the state with the most Fortune 500 companies as well.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Don’t forget your tall buildings! I know those are important to you guys.

  32. Ive had many hammies, quads, groin and calf pulls. Hammies and groins are the worst. You cant rush them back. Coming back after two weeks was incredibly dumb by both him and the staff. Its like they had never dealt with it before. he shouldn’t even practice until several weeks after he stops feeling any issues, even the slightest. And those first practices have to be light. Dont lift weights!!! What a dumb group of doctors and trainers. And he is as much to blame. He has a tear to the muscles and/or tendons. They have to regenerate. That takes a long time.

  33. You would think with all those big MN companies that a MN native could afford to own a NFL team – even one as poor as the Vikings. But they can’t.

    The Vikings are owned by some New Jersey guy, and before that it was some dude from San Antonio. It’s kind of like out of state welfare for the poor folks in MN who couldn’t otherwise afford a team.

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