Thielen confirmed Wednesday that he played through a pair of back fractures in the Vikings' NFC championship loss to the Eagles on Jan. 21 but doesn't expect to face any limitations during the offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Thielen, who caught three passes for 28 yards on nine targets against the Eagles, went on to suit up for the NFC in the Pro Bowl last weekend, which seemingly supports the notion that his back injury isn't especially worrisome. The wideout said he doesn't anticipate any scheduling setbacks in the months leading up to Organized Team Activities and training camp, setting him up for a rather normal offseason.
Thielen (lower back) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
The listing follows Thielen's return to drills, signaling he's taking the necessary steps to ensure he's available for the NFC championship game. Ultimately, Friday's injury report will have the final say on his potential to suit up Sunday, when the Vikings will be facing the Eagles' 17th-ranked pass defense.
Thielen didn't practice Wednesday due to a lower back injury.
During the open portion of practice, Thielen watched from the side without a helmet in hand, per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. However, the notion that Thielen's absence was maintenance-related was backed up by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, who relayed the injury "is not believed to be serious." Ultimately, the next two days will provide an indication of Thielen's availability for Sunday's NFC championship game at Philadelphia.
Thielen (undisclosed) wasn't active at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
While he was in attendance, Thielen wasn't holding a helmet, so it appears he's getting the day off for one reason or another. If his health is compromised, it will be revealed upon the release of Wednesday's injury report.
Thielen caught six of nine targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round victory over the Saints.
Thielen's stat line doesn't do his performance justice given the difficulty of some his receptions coupled with the strong coverage he consistently saw from the Saints' respectable secondary. Arguably his biggest moment came in the game's closing minutes when Thielen fought through two separate defensive penalties to haul in a 23-yard pass and set up what was then considered a potential game-winning field goal. Although teammate Stefon Diggs stole the spotlight with his stunning 61-yard walk-off touchdown reception later on, Thielen's presence was critical to the Vikings' ability to survive the Saints' comeback bid and he's unquestionably a huge reason the Vikings are advancing to next weekend's NFC championship game in Philadelphia. With that said, DFS owners should keep in mind that Thielen could be in store to see quite a bit of attention from Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson, who finished the regular season as Pro Football Focus' fourth-highest graded cornerback in pass coverage.
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