Adam Thielen emerges from Week Two of the preseason with a thigh bruise

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Vikings receiver Adam Thielen played in only four snaps of Saturday’s night game against the Colts. On the last one, a short pass to Thielen that he didn’t catch, he pulled up and began limping.

After the game, coach Mike Zimmer explained that Thielen had indeed been injured.

“He got a knee to the thigh, so he’s got a thigh bruise,” Zimmer told reporters.

The injury isn’t believed to be serious. However, any injury to Thielen or Justin Jefferson (who banged up a shoulder earlier in camp) underscores the lack of depth that the Vikings have at the position. K.J. Osborn, Chad Beebe, and Dede Westbrook are the other options.

Thielen turns 31 today. Three weeks from today, he’ll presumably be on the field when the Vikings take on the Bengals in Cincinnati.

16 responses to “Adam Thielen emerges from Week Two of the preseason with a thigh bruise

  1. By the way, let’s talk about the Vikings already in mid-season form with that offense that can’t stay on the field and the D that’s gassed in the 4th. You’d think after 7 seasons of doing the same thing, Zimmer might make adjustments… as a real coach should. Going to be another long year of excuses and broken hearts for the Minnesota faithful.

  2. These deep thigh bruises are known to linger for weeks and weeks, sometimes remaining with an older player until the end of his career.

  3. Zimmer retooled the defense and has again lost any desire to play offense, as evidence by his whopping three 3 point game yesterday. Back to playing defense and kicking field goals for Zimmer and the Vikings.

  4. The offense looks pretty putrid without Cook and Jefferson – which could be a realistic look for at least a few games in the regular season. Hope they have a plan for those games when they eventually happen!

  5. Yeah, let’s freak out about an offense that didn’t play it’s 2 key playmakers, ran vanilla plays it won’t use in the regular season and played its starters one quarter – I wonder how Vikings fans even managed to sleep Sat night without breaking into one big collective cold sweat. Although I’m not exactly in a cold sweat, I am concerned about Hill at LT, Barr’s injury and LB/S depth.

  6. Same-o, same-o, with the Vikings it’s always something. 60 years and counting of mediocrity with no end in sight. Zimmer’s last season, who’s next be the sacrificial lamb er a goat head coach?!?!?!?!?

  7. Longtimepackerfan says:
    August 22, 2021 at 1:54 pm
    Old and fragile.

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    Stop talking about Aaron Rodgers that way and your Packers didn’t look any better against the J E T S Jets Jets Jets. This is preseason right? Most teams know who their starters are most of these guys are fighting for a roster spot on special teams. Giving Thielen crap for a thigh bruise when your own Aaron Jones all ready has a pulled hammy is it? Hamstring could stick with him all season right I mean that’s what someone said about Thielen.

    Takeaways for the Colts game

    I’m really not worried about lack of scoring in preseason, these games are used to evaluate talent and create depth. Defense looks a lot better and didn’t allow a TD in 4 quarters so the philosophy that Zim is teaching is getting thru from the starters all the way down to some guys who won’t even be there tomorrow.

    The defense had 2 INTs, one for a pick 6. The Bar injury doesn’t bother me so much after yesterday’s game because Troy Dye was all over the place and proving the Vikings have depth at linebacker. Vikings didn’t have this last year and it cost them three games in the final minutes.

    Part I’m not really happy about is the back up QB position, they need to bring a vet in and quickly. Keenum is out there and guess what folks – he knows the system. Cousins has been durable during his tenure with the Vikings having not missed a game. It would be nice to have Keenum there in case anything happens. Brown isn’t even a back up and Mond is far from being ready for that role. With Cousins being an anti-vaxxer it only makes sense.

  8. What does Aaron Rodgers,and a meaningless preseason game have to do with Adam Theilen? Yes the Packers played second and third stringers(against the J E T S ) who played a lot of first stringers. All the Packers are looking for is trying to determine the last 7-8 players for their 53.

  9. Thielen’s just playing possum until Jake Browning gets the start, and that’s a fact.

  10. Iam a colts fan our offense frankly was awful our o line is beat up our defense looked a little better however kirk cousins has same problems he always has had first read not there he dumps it off that’s how the colts defense loves to play let them throw it short then make a tackle

  11. He’ll be fine. 31? He’s definitely got 3-4 more good years. I thought Keenum was Cleveland’s backup… did I miss something? I don’t think I’d want give up what they might want.
    Looks like Browning or Mond. I’m hoping one of them gets some confidence next week. Mond has some good potential, he ain’t ready yet, but Browning just doesn’t look very promising.

  12. Longtimepackerfan says:
    August 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    What does Aaron Rodgers,and a meaningless preseason game have to do with Adam Theilen? Yes the Packers played second and third stringers(against the J E T S ) who played a lot of first stringers. All the Packers are looking for is trying to determine the last 7-8 players for their 53.
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    You said “Old and fragile” and Theilen is way younger than Rodgers by six years. You Packers fans think this is an easy ride because Aaron Rodgers came back, I’ve seen this movie before and QB skills decline quickly. Rodgers may not even be MVP caliber this year. We don’t know. I sure hope he is because the guy deserve a fan base that sticks by him rather than one that turned on him when ya all didn’t think he was coming back.
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    Longtimepackerfan says:
    August 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    What does Aaron Rodgers,and a meaningless preseason game have to do with Adam Theilen? Yes the Packers played second and third stringers(against the J E T S ) who played a lot of first stringers. All the Packers are looking for is trying to determine the last 7-8 players for their 53.

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    Read my post again I essentially said the same thing, or is your brain still frozen from the Ice Bowl and in Al Bundy mode talkin about past glory.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    August 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm
    These deep thigh bruises are known to linger for weeks and weeks, sometimes remaining with an older player until the end of his career.
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    Remember when you said Thielen was “figured out” two years ago? 14 tds not bad for a washed up “figured out” player who was a UDFA.

  14. Adam will be fine. My beef is why they aren’t letting Mond throw the ball. If you need someone to hand the ball off get a spare lineman. Mond has to get throwing experience in the NFL, he knows how to hand off. It still looks like Cousins is scared out there. You can thank Spielman for the B.S. Time for a house cleaning including all the coaches.

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