The Vikings lost one of their best receiving weapons early in their Week 13 showdown with the Lions.
Adam Thielen suffered an ankle injury on the first drive of the Vikings game. He caught a winless pass and was tackled. His ankle was caught under the defender as he fell to the ground and was left lame.
Here’s Adam Thielen’s injury. Feet got tangled on the way down pic.twitter.com/2MfhKBTSHs
– Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) December 5, 2023
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Thielen was originally deemed “questionable” to return to the game. However, the Vikings announced before the second half began that Thielen would be out for the remainder of the contest as a result of the ankle injury.
Thielen’s absence will reduce Minnesota’s receiving corps. The Vikings will have to rely on Justin Jefferson as the true No. 1 receiver for the team with Thielen unavailable, while KJ Osborn will take on the role of No. 2 receiver for the Vikings. Dede Westbrook will also have more playing time; He will be the team’s new No. 3 receiver.
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Tight end Tyler Conklin could see more targets, too. He almost caught a touchdown early in the game, but was barely out of bounds.
Minnesota’s best running back Dalvin Cook is already out for Week 13 with a shoulder injury, so the Vikings will have very few offensive weapons as they look to get a win from behind against the winless Lions.
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