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Schefter: Adam Thielen expected to play against Chiefs

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He missed the Week 8 victory

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Most fans of the Minnesota Vikings. . .the sensible ones, at least. . .are asleep right now, but we’re burning the midnight oil to bring you this news from Adam Schefter of ESPN.

(Yeah, I know it’s only about 11 PM Central right now and not midnight. Work with me here.)

Schefter is reporting that wide receiver Adam Thielen, the only player that the Vikings listed on their injury report this week, expected to play on Sunday afternoon when the purple battle the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thielen suffered a hamstring injury while catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in Minnesota’s 42-30 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 7. With the Vikings having a short turnaround for Thursday Night Football against the Washington Redskins, Thielen sat out in Week 8, but has had some extra time to get himself right for today’s big game.

If Thielen can do, it means that the Minnesota offense is going to be back to full strength, and they’re going to need to be against an offense that can put up points the way Kansas City’s can.

Obviously, we won’t know for sure until the inactives come out on Sunday morning, but it certainly sounds like things are trending the right direction for Adam Thielen to make his return this week.