We’ll have the full injury reports for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans as soon as Houston releases theirs for public consumption, but there’s one particular item on the Vikings’ report that may have fans particularly concerned.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was listed by the Vikings as “doubtful” on today’s injury report. Mike Zimmer said that Diggs would be a game-time decision, but the “doubtful” designation means that there’s a 25% chance that he’ll play.
Diggs has been nursing a groin injury over the past couple of weeks, but has played in the Vikings’ victories over the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. His level of play has fallen off a bit, though. . .after starting the season on a hot streak that saw him catch 16 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown in the first two weeks, he has caught just 9 passes for 87 yards over the past two weeks.
Diggs did not practice all week with the injury, and historically throughout the Mike Zimmer era, players that haven’t practiced all week have not been active on Sundays. Because of that, even though Zimmer has said that Diggs would be a game-time decision, I’d be surprised if the “decision” wasn’t to deactivate him for Sunday’s game and give him an opportunity to heal with the Vikings’ bye week coming up following the Houston game.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, obviously, but it appears that Vikings’ fans shouldn’t expect to see #14 lining up on offense against the Texans on Sunday.