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Vikings Monday Injury Report: None of this is real

Because the Vikings didn’t actually practice

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Given that the Minnesota Vikings are playing on Thursday Night Football this week, it’s already time for the first injury report before their contest with the Washington Redskins. The Vikings didn’t actually practice on Monday, but they needed to put out an injury report per league rules. That means we get that rarest of rarities: an injury report about who did and didn’t practice based on a practice that didn’t actually occur.

Still following? Okay, good.

So, the Vikings estimated that, if they had held a practice on Monday, the list of who participated and who didn’t would look like this:

Did Not Participate

  • DE Everson Griffen (quad)
  • DT Linval Joseph (knee)
  • WR Adam Thielen (hamstring)

Limited Participation

  • DT Hercules Mata’afa (neck)
  • CB Xavier Rhodes (hip)

Full Participation

  • LB Ben Gedeon (concussion)
  • LB Eric Kendricks (hip)
  • G Josh Kline (foot)
  • OT Riley Reiff (ankle)
  • TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb)
  • DT Shamar Stephen (knee)

Ted has already posted that it’s “unlikely” that Thielen will be out there on Thursday, and I’d be absolutely stunned if he did play. Give that hamstring a couple of weeks to heal before rolling into Arrowhead in Week 9 to take on the Chiefs. I also don’t think we need to be terribly worried about Griffen or Joseph. Joseph is probably going to be on the injury report every week the rest of the way, but he’s going to be out there.

Thielen being out would, potentially, leave the Vikings with just three receivers (Stefon Diggs, Olabisi Johnson, and Laquon Treadwell). They’ll be making a move to bring someone up from the practice squad before Thursday, it’s just a matter of who they’re going to let go to make it happen.

The Vikings listing Gedeon as a full participant would appear to be a signal that he’s out of the NFL’s concussion protocol after missing a couple of games. Other than that, there aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the injury report for the Vikings.

We’ll continue monitoring the Thielen situation and have any other updates for you whenever we get them.