Adam Thielen’s Achilles scare resulted in four stitches instead

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When Vikings receiver Adam Thielen went down at practice three days ago, some thought he’d suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon or a torn ACL. The good news what that neither critical item of bodily structure was compromised. The bad news is that Thielen ended up with four stitches in his lower leg, according to NFL Media.

Whether it sparked panic from some players (as NFL Media reported) or simply the air coming out of the balloon of a spririted, upbeat practice (as we’ve heard), Thielen’s availability immediately was in doubt.

Per the report, a teammate’s cleat broke through Thielen’s shoe and sock covering the back of his left heel and lacerated his skin. And the cut was close enough to the Achilles tendon to prompt a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson as to whether the tendon would be compromised if he plays. Thielen also spent time in a walking boot.

Thielen told NFL Media that he plans to “focus[] on what I can control and just try[] to get as close to a hundred percent physically as I can, and then let it ride.”

Asked whether he can be himself against the 49ers, Thielen said, “Yeah, I think so. I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll find out on Saturday.”

So the overriding questions are: (1) can he play?; and (2) if he can play, how well will he be able to play? The Vikings will obviously need to wrap the wound to protect it from external trauma, but as Thielen cuts and runs and stops and starts, the stitches could be compromised.

Thielen missed five games in the regular season with a hamstring injury, and he made a cameo appearance in a sixth. Without him, the Vikings won four and lost two — at Kansas City and at Seattle. Today’s game falls into the category of the kind of game they’d be more likely to lose without him.

But the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota native who went to Minnesota State, was undrafted (and uninvited to the Combine), and has become one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL already has beaten odds far longer than a overcoming a three-day-old flesh wound.

28 responses to “Adam Thielen’s Achilles scare resulted in four stitches instead

  1. It’s a cut. I’d like to think that the resources available to professional athletes is enough to make sure he can play at his typical high level.

  2. 49ers bad against the rush. So, what’s their game plan today? Just play the pass? That’s obviously not even a real option. We all saw last week just how much Cook means to the offense (yes, and Thielen too). You know the play action pass is coming. The defense knows it’s coming. But it still works. Because of Cook. The nfl game moves so fast, just the prospect of Cool getting the ball means receivers will get open.
    If Cook gets 25 carries today, the Vikings win. It’s really that simple.

  3. 6ringsandarapist says:
    January 11, 2020 at 10:23 am
    Like they have/had a chance to beat the 49ers anyway..

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    Careful. That’s what they were saying about the Saints game ALL of last week. How’d that turn out?

  4. mikethevike11 says:
    January 11, 2020 at 11:04 am
    4 stitches? 4 STITCHES?! That’s what everyone was all worried about? Give me a break.
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    Exactly…..rub some dirt on it!!!

  5. conormacleod says:
    January 11, 2020 at 10:32 am
    49ers bad against the rush. So, what’s their game plan today? Just play the pass? That’s obviously not even a real option. We all saw last week just how much Cook means to the offense (yes, and Thielen too). You know the play action pass is coming. The defense knows it’s coming. But it still works. Because of Cook. The nfl game moves so fast, just the prospect of Cool getting the ball means receivers will get open.
    If Cook gets 25 carries today, the Vikings win. It’s really that simple.

    And yet the 49ers have quite a few games where they’ve allowed over 100 yds rushing and still won. Don’t forget, we also have a high powered offense and have a higher PPG than the Vikings.

  6. So, dudes got four fewer stitches than an NFL football. How sad is it that an NFL player uses four stitches to get attention? SF will undoubtedly put an end to this pitiful act.

  7. The 49ers are a really good team.Jimmy G has never played in a playoff game. Everyone says the playoffs are a different animal and yet the media is saying for him he played in the regular season in NO (they won by 2 on a FG) and he won against Seattle that he will be good to go.
    Cousins goes into NO the toughest place to play with the media constantly adding pressure and records from his Washington days and wins a playoff game and he is still questioned more because Jimmy has two wins from watching Tom.
    One thing the media also left out the game is on grass. Vikings aren’t as good on grass.
    Also Jimmy has more than twice the number of INT’s as Kirk does and I could see him being tight early and turning it over. A lot of people think this is going to be a blowout because the Niners blew out the packers already. And the packers beat the Vikings twice this year (once without Cook & once bad pick from the 8 yard line) One has nothing to do with the other.

  8. Why do some of you dislike Thielen? Local kid. Undrafted. Not invited to combine. Worked his way up from practice squad. Oh, you think he’s a diva? He’s not. If he didn’t have a fight in him he never would have made it.

  9. UM if he was in a walking boot there was more than a little cut! More like a puncture slightly into the Achilles. It would be very painful. I hope he doesn’t go the numzit route, he could tear it and wouldn’t know it until he hits the ground.

  10. conormacleod says:
    January 11, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    Why do some of you dislike Thielen? Local kid. Undrafted. Not invited to combine. Worked his way up from practice squad. Oh, you think he’s a diva? He’s not. If he didn’t have a fight in him he never would have made it.
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    Liked him when he came up, hardworking undrafted free agent, as you said. Since he’s had success & got paid, he’s been showing some diva traits. Mouthing off to opposing coach on sidelines(Belicheck)during game, getting into to it w/QB on sidelines, controversial statements to media about team mate, crying for PI after plays, etc. Not a full blown diva. Maybe Diggs is rubbing off on him.

  11. Hahahah. It’s not the fact it was 4 stitches! If it was 4 stitches on his head he’d play. On his arm he’d play. It’s on the back of his foot near his Achilles’ tendon which is obviously the issue here. He plants wrong and it tears, it could continue to tear his tendon. That’s the issue. With that said, I still see him playing but he’s not going to be the same. His game is built on getting wide open from his cuts and routes. That will be impacted. Diggs is the man today off play action. Cook vs Kittle and both teams D lines are still the story of this game.

  12. If the game is straight up, man against man, the 9ers win. If the game is like last weekend’s game and the 9ers have to beat the Vikings refs and the Vikings, the 9ers will lose. Hard to beat the Vikings and the refs.

  13. No more injuries and may the best team win.
    Do not want fans (on any side) whining about why their favorite team lost.

  14. @shlort…Can Saints fans please just lose once in the playoffs and give credit to the other team. Listening to you guys complain is like a never ending interview of Cam Jordan after the game.

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