The Minnesota Vikings may not have one of their best receivers for the Divisional Round. Adam Thielen suffered a laceration on his ankle during practice, which needed stitches.
Initial reports suggested he would be ready to play, but the Vikings are listing him as questionable, just in case things do not progress. The NFL’s Tom Pelissero announced that Minnesota will proceed with caution via Twitter on Monday.
#Vikings WR Adam Thielen needed stitches for a bad cut on his ankle suffered in practice Wednesday, sources say. The initial prognosis was encouraging for his chances of playing Saturday against the #49ers, but they’re still gathering information and will proceed with caution.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 9, 2020
Thielen played in 10 games this season, starting in all of them. He missed games in 2019 due to a hamstring injury, which marked the first time in his career he missed significant time. This hurt his yardage total, as he did not even break 500 yards on the season. However, he did score six touchdowns which is the second-highest total of his career.
The Vikings may need all the help they can get, considering they are taking on the NFC’s number one seed on the road. Especially considering the 49ers had the best defense against the pass in the regular season, only giving up 169.2 yards per game through the air.
If Thielen cannot play, the Niners would likely double Stefon Diggs and take their chances across the middle with Kyle Rudolph. It is worth noting how much faster cuts heal than sprains, however, so expect him to suit up.
Minnesota takes on San Francisco at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. The winner will advance to the NFC Championship.
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