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Vikings´ Adam Thielen suffers ankle injury

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver corps is dealing with some problems heading into their Divisional Round matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. Stefon Diggs has been a DNP the past two days with an illness, and now Adam Thielen is dealing with an ankle injury.

The Vikings released their second practice participation report of the week, and Thielen was listed as limited. He was not on the team’s first report Tuesday afternoon.

There is no word on the severity of the injury, but head coach Mike Zimmer is certain to get questions about it on Thursday. Downgrades are never good, but limited participation is still better than a DNP.

The Thursday report will be something to keep an eye on.

That being said, the Vikings receiver corps is not going to be 100 percent coming into this game. Diggs seems likely to play barring a turn for the worse with his illness, but he and Thielen will be coming in off a limited week of work.

One or both should be high volume targets if active, but if they’re limited, it hurts Kirk Cousins’ potential output to at least a modest degree.

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“I got a little tangled up at practice, but I’m going to do whatever it takes (to play), it’s playoffs,” Thielen told NFL Network on Thursday.

This is Thielen’s second injury this campaign. He hurt his hamstring in the first quarter of a Week 7 victory at Detroit and made a brief return in Week 9, only to reinjure himself early in a beat at Kansas City.

The Vikings shut Thielen down for the next six weeks until he returned versus the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 15.

Thielen’s breakout performance versus the Saints — seven catches for 129 yards — came after totaling 109 total receiving yards in the last five games he played in 2019, including a Week 16 loss to Green Bay in which he was held without a catch.

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Kirk Cousins delivers for Vikings in Overtime to pick up first playoff victory

It will be the Minnesota Vikings, and not the New Orleans Saints, moving on to the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs.

After letting the Saints to tie up the game late in the fourth, the Vikings were guided down the field by Cousins and stunned the home crowd with walk-off touchdown to Zach Rudolph.

Cousins, who has been criticized throughout his entire career–including during his tenure in the nation’s capital–for not being able to deliver when the team needs him most, booked the Vikings a trip to San Francisco for a date with Jimmy Garappolo and the San Francisco 49ers. 

The 31-year-old Cousins lost his only previous playoff start — during the 2015 campaign with the Washington Redskins — and came up short of a playoff berth in the Vikings’ final game last season.

He also struggled in a handful of other high-profile matchups in prime time in 2019, but he delivered in Minnesota’s first road playoff victory since Jan. 9, 2005, when the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the wild-card round.

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“I’m just happy we won,” Cousins said. “It was a great, great game, two good football teams.”

New Orleans fans surely begged to differ after seeing the NFC South champions’ season end in overtime at home for a second straight year.

The latest disappointing end for the Saints (13-4) came the year after they lost in the NFC championship game to the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup marred by blatant penalties not being called against the Rams late in regulation.

This time, replays on video boards showed a possible push-off by Rudolph against defensive back P.J. Williams moments before he jumped to snag the winning catch.

NFL president of officiating Al Riveron said the league reviewed numerous replay angles, and though officials saw contact by both players, “none of that contact rises to the level of a foul.”

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Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers

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Date: Sept. 14, 2015

Time: 10:20 p.m. EDT

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Minnesota Vikings kicking off their 2015 NFL season at Levi’s Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

The game will mark the official beginning of the Jim Tomsula regime in San Francisco, as the first-year head coach will try to guide quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the rest of his squad to victory in the primetime matchup.

It’s happening a year late, but the Minnesota Vikings will finally see their all-league running back and young quarterback side by side in a game in Monday night’s opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Peterson and Bridgewater are at opposite ends of their careers but figure to overlap the middle portion enough to make Minnesota relevant in the NFC North.

Last year, the team finished 7-9 and are looking to turn things around for football to be exciting again in Minnesota.

On the other hand, the 49ers have also had their share of problems during the summer.

There have been a lot of changes in the team, headlined by a change in the head coaching department as Jim Harbaugh has moved on and Jim Tomsula has come to take his place.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick returns for his fifth season in San Francisco, but he will be protected by an almost entirely different offensive line and distributing the football to a handful of new skill-position players.

Longtime San Francisco running back Frank Gore will be receiving his carries from Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Andrew Luck this season, and the 49ers’ 2009 first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree is across the Bay Bridge hauling in passes from Oakland Raiders second-year quarterback Derek Carr.

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