According to Tom Pelissero, Viking WR Adam Thielen needed stitches on Wednesday for a “bad cut” on his ankle during practice.
Pelissero says the initial prognosis for Thielen’s availability in Minnesota’s divisional-round playoff game against the 49ers on Saturday was encouraging, but the Vikings will gather more information and proceed with caution.
Thielen was listed as limited with an ankle injury on Wednesday’s injury report, but he says he will do “whatever it takes” to be on the field.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 9, 2020
The veteran wide receiver also missed six games this season with a lingering hamstring injury.
Thielen, 29, wound up signing on with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State-Mankato back in 2013. He spent his rookie season the Vikings’ practice squad before returning to the team on a future/reserve contract the following year.
Minnesota brought Thielen back for the 2015 season on a one-year exclusive rights deal before signing him to a four-year, $19.240 million contract that included $11 million guaranteed in 2017.
Thielen was set to make base salaries of $5.85 million and $5.35 million over the next two years of the agreement before agreeing to a four-year extension this offseason worth as much as $73 million.
In 2019, Thielen appeared in 10 games for the Vikings and caught 30 passes for 418 yards receiving and six touchdowns.