Adam Thielen Ruled Out For Sunday Night's Game Against Cowboys
Adam Thielen has been ruled out of the Vikings' game against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This isn't a surprising announcement, considering Thielen didn't practice once this week. He re-aggravated his hamstring injury against the Chiefs, playing only seven snaps in that game before coming out.
The injury occurred back in Week 7 on a touchdown reception against the Lions. Thielen missed the rest of that game, as well as the following Thursday's game against the Redskins.
After attempting a return in Kansas City, Thielen will now be forced to miss a critical game for the Vikings, who are looking to avoid their first losing streak of the year. There's a growing feeling that Thielen will also be held out of next week's home game against the Broncos, which would give him the Vikings' Week 12 bye week to get back to full health.
In six full games and parts of two others, Thielen has 27 catches for 391 yards and seven total touchdowns. He is coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl selections and has over 3,000 receiving yards since the start of the 2017 season.
Without Thielen, Stefon Diggs has become the clear top priority in the Vikings' passing game. Rookie Olabisi Johnson will again serve as the Vikings' second receiver, playing the vast majority of snaps. The roles of tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. have also expanded.
The Vikings are set to take on the Cowboys in Dallas at 7:20 central on Sunday night.