Minnesota Vikings wideout Adam Thielen could start this week against the Broncos with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright a game-time decision with a hand injury, per ESPN 1500.
Thielen appeared to move ahead of Cordarrelle Patterson to move to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart as he got two targets in last week's game. However, it's not clear if Thielen would start at receiver if there's an opening.
Cordarrelle Patterson could start at receiver this week for the Minnesota Vikings against Denver with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright (hand) a game-time decision, according to ESPN 1500.
Patterson has just one reception and one rushing attempt this year.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (ribs) is listed as out for Sunday's game at Denver Pioneers , ESPN reports.
With Johnson out and Jarius Wright questionable with a hand injury, the Vikings may need to use Cordarrelle Patterson , Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen in larger roles. Johnson's injury adds to a disappointing start to the season as he has just six receptions for 46 yards in three games.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that there's a chance both his ailing wide receivers, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright could play this week, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"There's a chance both will be able to play [Sunday at Denver]," Zimmer said.
Johnson missed practice for a second consecutive day due to a rib injury, but he'd back up Zimmer's sentiments with a return to drills in some capacity Friday. Even though Johnson has picked up 73 percent of the offensive snaps this season, it has yet to translate in the box score, as he boasts six catches (on eight targets) for 46 yards through three contests.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (ribs) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
On Monday, head coach Mike Zimmer relayed his belief that Johnson will play Sunday at Denver, but his lack of practice to start the week of preparation isn't an encouraging sign. To make matters worse, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported that Johnson's rib injury is "very painful."
All signs point to a game-time decision at this point, but as the week proceeds, Johnson's status could receive clarification.
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