EAGAN, Minn. — Adam Thielen’s hamstring injury is not considered serious but the Minnesota Vikings receiver is not expected to play Thursday against Washington as U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lakes native was hurt while catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in the first quarter of Sunday’s 42-30 win at Detroit and never returned. He has caught 27 passes for 391 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.
The Vikings did not practice Monday but released an estimated injury report; Thielen was listed as unable to practice. So were defensive end Everson Griffen (quad) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee).
Xavier Rhodes (hip) and defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa (neck) were listed as limited.
After Sunday’s game, Thielen said he would get an MRI and was “optimistic” about playing against the Redskins. A source said results of the MRI were generally favorable but that he’s not expected to play.
Thielen never has missed a game in his six-year NFL career. He has played in 87 straight.
A source said a likely scenario would be the Vikings signing Davion Davis off the practice squad for Thursday’s game. Davis, who spent two games earlier in the season on the 53-man roster, would then be a fourth receiver against the Redskins after Stefon Diggs, Bisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell.
Thielen doesn't practice but hopes to play
Adam Thielen isn’t giving up in his quest to keep his consecutive games streak alive.
Thielen, who has played in all 87 games in his six-year NFL career, suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday at Detroit. Thielen didn’t practice Tuesday in preparation for Thursday’s game against Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"I don’t know what the percent chance is (on playing), but I feel great,’’ Thielen said before the workout. “Obviously, it’s a short week, so they’re doing everything I can to try to play. It’s come a long way in the two days since the game, so I feel good and am very hopeful for the game.’’
Thielen was hurt while catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in the first quarter of the 42-30 win over the Lions. He had an MRI on Monday. A source said afterward that the injury isn’t serious but that Thielen wasn’t expected to play against the Redskins.
“Obviously, as a competitor, as an athlete, you want to play,’’ Thielen said. “You want to be out there to be able to help your team win. But at the same time I have a lot of confidence in the guys in that room.’’
If Thielen can’t play, he would be replaced by rookie Bisi Johnson, who had four catches for 40 yards against the Lions.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thielen has been “improving fast” and has “a chance” to play. Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who played in a 2017 game against Cincinnati after being listed as doubtful with a sprained ankle, wouldn’t rule out Thielen defying the odds.
“Adam is Adam,’’ Rudolph said. “He’s going to do everything he can to get out there and be ready. … I joked around with him. I told him if your game was not based on speed and you were slow like I am, you can play through stuff like this.’’