Vikings WR Adam Thielen missed Wednesday's practice with a lower back injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's all the info we have for now. Thielen never exited last weekend's game, and there's no reason at this point to believe he's in danger of missing Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles. But we'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.
Adam Thielen operated as the Vikings' slot WR in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers. Per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Thielen ran 20 routes from the inside during the 1st half. Stefon Diggs, the primary slot man last year, ran 0. WR Laquan Treadwell ran 2. Thielen caught all 5 of his targets for 50 yards vs. the 'Niners. If he sticks in the slot, it figures to raise his volume and catch rate. Diggs would head in the other direction -- but would likely improve on last year's 10.8 yards per catch. This will be a situation to watch closely in Week 1. We just adjusted our projections for both Thielen and Diggs.
The Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a 4-year, $19.2 million extension. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and set to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. The new deal is a reward for a breakout 2016 campaign that saw Thielen rack up 69 catches, 967 yards and 5 TDs. Of course, a huge chunk of that production -- 12 catches, 202 yards and 2 TDs -- came in a Week 16 explosion in Green Bay. Thielen reached 70 yards in just 3 of his other 15 games. The contract extension is a sign, though, that Minnesota sees him as a key part of its passing game going forward. Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will battle for standing on the depth chart this summer.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen suffered a neck injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts and won't return. He took a massive shot to the head -- so it's at least good news that he didn't sustain a concussion. We'll look for an update on Thielen tomorrow.