According to Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings will be placing Adam Thielen on injured reserve. This will end the regular season for one of Minnesota’s star wide receivers. Thielen initially suffered an ankle injury in the Vikings game against the Detroit Lions on December 6th. The injury was then reaggravated in Minnesota’s recent game against the Los Angeles Rams. Thielen has recently had surgery on the ankle, thus him being placed on season-ending injured reserve. There is a chance he could return for the playoffs if Minnesota were to make it that far. Sadly, that is looking unlikely with a game against the Green Bay Packers upcoming in Week 17.
Adam Thielen To Injured Reserve With Ankle Injury
Thielen is considered one of the elite wide receivers in the league. Thielen and Justin Jefferson have become arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL. Thielen was en route to another 1000+ yard season before getting bogged down by the ankle injury. Now, one of Minnesota’s best players will be unavailable for their most important game of the season.
On the season, Thielen has recorded 67 receptions for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also registered 37 first downs and accumulated a catch percentage of 70.5%. Those numbers average out to around five receptions per game and 55.8 yards per game. It is clear to see that Thielen would reach 1,000+ yards on the season with ease if not for the injury.
This injury could not have come at a worse time for both Thielen and the Vikings. But it is worth noting that Minnesota has already beaten Green Bay once this season. A repeat just seems unlikely now without Thielen healthy. Add in Minnesota’s season-long consistency issues, and this upcoming game may not be that close. It will be up to Kirk Cousins to get the ball to Jefferson often and minimize or hopefully eliminate turnovers.