|ADP:||Round: 3, Pick: 4|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 200 lb.|
|College:||Minnesota State - Mankato|
|Born:||August 22, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / UDFA|
Thielen was disappointed when he found out the Vikings were trading Stefon Diggs to the Bills, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thielen said he and Diggs became close friends while playing on the same team for the past five years. On the bright side, Thielen should see plenty of targets in his age-30 season ahead, as the Vikings are left with a weak WR depth chart behind him -- Tajae Sharpe, Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe (ankle) being the top candidates to earn snaps. The upcoming draft likely will bring some form of competition, but there's no question about Thielen serving as the go-to receiver under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. The veteran wideout rebounded from an injury-plagued 2019 campaign with a solid showing during the playoffs, bringing in 12 of 16 targets for 179 yards in two games.
Thielen caught five of seven targets for 50 yards in Saturday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round.
Analysis: After topping the century mark in last weekend's upset of the Saints, Thielen has much less success against the Niners' stingy secondary. The 29-year-old receiver dealt with injuries for the first time in his career in 2019 -- he didn't miss a game through his first five seasons in the league, but Thielen was sidelined for six contests in the regular season this year and played fewer than 10 snaps in two of the weeks he was able to suit up. As a result, his production plummeted to its lowest level since he became a starter in 2016. If Thielen is able to stay healthy in 2020, he should be able to rebound and deliver another 1,000-yard campaign, but another checkered season could end up being his last in Minnesota.
Thielen (ankle) is listed as active Saturday at San Francisco.
Analysis: Thielen went through a rigorous pregame workout, including running routes and catching passes. He'll thus be available after a week in which he incurred a laceration on his left ankle that required stitches. While he'll be available, per usual, Saturday, Thielen could play second fiddle to fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the pecking order.
Thielen (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow starting wideout, Stefon Diggs (illness), is not listed on the Vikings' final injury report after returning to practice Thursday. Thielen -- whose ankle reportedly required stitches after being stepped on by a cleat during practice Wednesday -- should be considered a game-day call for Saturday's 4:35 ET kickoff, though we'll look for added clarity with regard to his status once national reporters like Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport tweet out their pre-game who's in/out estimations.
Thielen (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thielen reportedly required stitches to address a bad cut on his ankle that he suffered during practice Wednesday. His absence from practice Thursday after being listed as limited Wednesday isn't optimal, but the wideout is hopeful he'll be able to suit up for Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers. "You know how it is," Thielen said with regard to his ankle issue. "Got a little tangled up in practice. But I'm going to do whatever it takes. It's (the) playoffs. So I'm going to do whatever it takes to be out there on Saturday with my teammates and try and help this team win." With that, there's a pretty solid chance Thielen will be listed as questionable for the contest. On the plus side for the Vikings, Stefon Diggs, who missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with an illness, returned to the field Thursday.
Thielen required stitches for a bad cut on his ankle sustained during Wednesday's practice session, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Viking's remain optimistic about Thielen's status heading into Saturday's NFC divisional matchup against San Francisco, though his level of participation in Thursday's practice will be a key indicator of his chances of suiting up Saturday. Thielen had not been on the injury report to begin the week, and while the initial fear was that he suffered a setback, this was simply a case of the wideout taking a teammate's cleat to the ankle during practice, according to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Thielen (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thielen was added to the Vikings' injury report Wednesday, which hints that he may have suffered an in-practice setback. We'll revisit the wideout's status Thursday to see if he approaches Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers listed as questionable, or minus an injury designation.
Thielen caught seven of nine targets for 129 yards during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Thielen averaged an impressive 18.4 yards per catch while gashing the New Orleans secondary for several big plays, including one that set up the winning touchdown in overtime. The veteran had just three catches to his name since October, so this outstanding effort was a tremendous boost to his team's cause en route to the improbable upset. Thielen will be instrumental in next week's road matchup with the 49ers, but he'll be facing a difficult matchup against one of the better defenses in the league.
Thielen doesn't know how much he'll play this week against the Bears or whether he'll play at all, the team's official web site reports. "We don't know. The coaches aren't going to tell us [if we're playing]," Thielen said.
Analysis: With the Vikings locked into the No. 6 playoff seed, there's nothing to play for this week against Chicago. Head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't said whether he'll rest his starters and may not announce a decision until kickoff. Thielen didn't have a catch last week against Green Bay, but said it wasn't due to his previously injured hamstring (which caused him to miss five games). The Vikings may want to give him another week of rest, but Thielen could also use the work since he's been out of sync the last two games with just three receptions for 27 yards.
Thielen failed to catch any of his four targets and added a two-yard carry in Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Thielen was a non-factor, as Stefon Diggs was the only Vikings wide receiver to break double digits in receiving yards and scored the team's only touchdown. Hamstring injuries derailed a once promising campaign for Thielen, who hasn't broken 30 receiving yards in a game since Week 6. He'll have one more opportunity to build some momentum heading into the postseason when the Vikings host the Bears in Week 17.
Thielen caught all three of his targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 39-10 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Thielen returned from a long injury absence and, despite his team's dominance on the scoreboard, he did little of note outside his long gain of 13 yards. This was quite a letdown for fantasy owners who patiently awaited Thielen's return to the lineup, but the particular flow of this game likely played a big part as well. Barring a setback, he should assume a larger role in a more competitive game against the Packers next Monday.
Thielen (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Thielen was a limited practice participant throughout the week, with multiple reports -- including one from ESPN's Adam Schefter -- suggesting the Vikings expected the wide receiver to play. Thielen is now set to make his first appearance since Week 9, when he aggravated his hamstring injury and was pulled from the game after seven snaps. His return should translate to a reduced role for fellow wide receiver Bisi Johnson, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game due to a quad injury. Tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. may also lose some targets if Thielen is able to stay on the field this time around.
Thielen (hamstring) remains on track to return to action Sunday against the Chargers, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thielen played just 16 snaps over the last seven games as a result of his injury, but barring a setback at practice Friday, it appears his absence is on the verge of ending. Thielen's official status for Week 15 will be revealed when the Vikings' final injury report of the week is released after Friday's workout.
Thielen (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: An upgrade to full participation would've been comforting for fantasy managers, but Thielen nonetheless is trending toward his first game appearance since Week 9, now having practiced on back-to-back days. The wideout was optimistic at the conclusion of Thursday's session, after a report from ESPN's Adam Schefte on Wednesday suggested the Vikings expect to get Thielen back in the lineup. An upgrade to full participation Friday isn't necessary, but it sure would be a great sign. The Vikings have a Week 15 road game against the Chargers on Sunday.
Thielen (hamstring) practiced again Thursday, after which he said the Vikings want to see how he progresses this week before making a decision on his availability for Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Thielen is as optimistic as he's been at any point in his recovery from a strained right hamstring. His belief is backed up by an Adam Schefter of ESPN report from Wednesday that stated Thielen is in line to play Sunday for the first time since Week 9, barring a setback. It's unclear if Thielen was limited for a second straight session Thursday, or elevated to all activity, but he seems to be trending in the right direction.
Thielen (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Thielen's limited Wednesday session signifies his first practice activity in any capacity since Nov. 30. Barring any setbacks, the veteran wideout is trending toward suiting against the Chargers on Sunday for the first time since Week 9, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Thielen will have two more opportunities to practice in full and shed his injury designation for Week 15 entirely.
Thielen (hamstring) is slated to play Sunday against the Chargers for the first time since Week 9, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Thielen made an appearance on the practice field Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 30. As mentioned by Schefter, the Vikings expect to have Thielen back in the lineup Week 15, as long as he avoids a setback with his right hamstring. First, though, we'll await Thielen's activity level to kick off the week.
Thielen (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: This marks Thielen's first appearance at practice since Nov. 30 as he tends to a lingering right hamstring injury. During the session, he ran routes and caught passes, but his activity level won't be known until the release of Wednesday's injury report.
Thielen (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Lions.
Analysis: Such was the expectation when the Vikings marked Thielen as doubtful for this contest, resulting in his fifth absence in the last six games. He even failed to practice this week, an unexpected downturn after he logged limited work in prior weeks. On Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Thielen is attempting "to get scar tissue out of his (right) leg," but he's hopeful to make a return to action Week 15 on the road against the Chargers. While Thielen embarks on what is potentially the end of the road in his recovery, Minnesota's receiving corps will be led by Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Bisi Johnson and Irv Smith Jr. yet again.
Thielen (hamstring), who is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions, is not expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The doubtful designation already gave away that Thielen was in line to sit out for the fifth time in six games, but Schefter's report at least confirms that the wideout hasn't made any unexpected progress in his recovery from the hamstring issue since Friday's practice. Assuming Thielen is in fact included among the Vikings' seven inactives this week, receivers Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell and tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith would be on tap for added pass-catching opportunities behind top target Stefon Diggs.
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