Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen did not practice Friday because of a right hamstring injury and was ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
After missing one game because of his injury, Thielen returned for last week’s 26-23 loss at Kansas City. However, he was in the game for just seven plays before straining his injury and leaving for good in the first quarter.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook knows quite well the frustration Adam Thielen is going through.
Cook missed five games last season with hamstring issues. Thielen did not practice Wednesday because of his ongoing right hamstring injury, and his availability is in question for Sunday night’s game at Dallas.
“It’s a tricky thing,’’ Cook said Wednesday. “Your body can feel good when you go out there and then all of a sudden it comes out of nowhere.’’
Before Wednesday’s workout, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not speculate on the chances of Thielen being able to play against the Cowboys.
“I don’t know,” Zimmer said. “We’ll have to see how the rest of the week goes.”
Also missing practice Wednesday were fullback C.J. Ham and defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo. Both were out with undisclosed injuries sustained against the Chiefs.
Thielen was hurt initially after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter of an Oct. 20 game in Detroit. He sat out the Oct. 24 game against Washington, the first game he missed in his six NFL seasons after playing in 87 straight.
“No, he was not rushed back too soon,” Zimmer said of Thielen’s aborted appearance last Sunday.
Zimmer said Thielen does not have a serious injury.
“The MRI does the most and what the player says does the most,” Zimmer said of evaluating the injury. “(Athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman does an outstanding job. It’s just one of those things that he got in a game and (his hamstring) grabbed a little bit. I wouldn’t say it’s a long-term deal.”
After Sunday, the Vikings play the Denver Broncos at home on Nov. 17, then have a bye week.
“You look around the league and we go against teams every week and you say, ‘Hey, this guy may or may not be out because he has a hamstring,’’ said Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. “You realize that it’s kind of a thing around the league at this time of the year. It’s unfortunate, unlucky (for Thielen). He’s been so healthy for so long. He’ll get back when he gets back, and he’ll help us when he does.’’
With Thielen out, rookie Bisi Johnson has moved up from No. 3 receiver to join Stefon Diggs on the first team. Before Sunday’s game, the Vikings are likely to activate receiver Josh Doctson, who is eligible to return after being on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
After Thielen was initially hurt, Diggs had games of seven catches for 143 yards against the Lions and seven catches for 143 yards against the Redskins. But he was held to just one reception for four yards by a Kansas City defense that paid plenty of attention to him.
“(I’m) kind of rolling with the punches as far as what I can do,’’ Diggs said. “If I can put my other guys in a position to get open or make plays, then I’ll do so. When my opportunities do come … you’ve got to take full advantage.’’