The Minnesota Vikings got a big win over the Detroit Lions yesterday, during which star wideout Adam Thielen had an amazing toe-tapping touchdown in the first quarter. But that would be Thielen's only play of the game as he departed immediately with a pulled hamstring.
Now it appears as though Thielen won't be back in time for the Vikings' Thursday night tilt against Washington.
According to NFL Network contributor Tom Pelissero, Thielen's hamstring pull isn't serious. Unfortunately, it's serious enough that he won't be back in time for Thursday Night Football.
Pelissero called it "unlikely" that Thielen plays against the Washington Redskins.
Thielen is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons. His six touchdown receptions currently lead the league, while his 27 receptions and 391 yards are second on the Vikings.
In his absence, rookie wideout Olabisi Johnson should get some increased looks. Tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. should also see a lot more targets from Kirk Cousins.
Against most opponents Vikings fans might be concerned. But going up against the worst team in the NFC at home, fans might not be too nervous about their ability to get the job done.
Minnesota heads into that game with a 5-2 record, while Washington enters at 1-6.
The game will be played at 8:20 p.m. EST and will air on NFL Network, FOX and Amazon Prime.