Oct 11, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates with wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) after rushing for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings activate RB Dalvin Cook, put WR Adam Thielen on IR

The Minnesota Vikings activated running back Dalvin Cook from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday but lost wide receiver Adam Thielen for the remaining two games of the season.

Cook will be eligible to play Sunday night when the Vikings travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. On the season, he has carried the ball 226 times for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns. Cook, 26, has rushed for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.

As for Thielen, the Vikings put him on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday. Multiple outlets reported he had ankle surgery on Tuesday.

Thielen, 31, was limited to 13 games this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection, in his eighth season in Minnesota, had 67 receptions for 726 yards for a career-low 10.8 yards per catch in 2021. He caught 10 touchdown passes.

Also Wednesday, the Vikings announced that rookie defensive end Patrick Jones II was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and defensive back Tye Smith was restored to the practice squad. Smith had been on the practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Vikings (8-7) close the season at Green Bay (12-3), currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and then host the Chicago Bears (5-10) on Jan. 9. The Vikings are still in the playoff hunt but on the outside looking in.

The San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles both have 8-7 records and currently hold the wild-card playoff spots.

–Field Level Media

November 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings’ Adam Thielen out, Dalvin Cook questionable vs. Steelers

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen did not participate in Wednesday’s walk-through practice and was ruled out for Thursday’s game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Running back Dalvin Cook, however, was deemed limited in practice for the second straight day with a shoulder injury. He is listed as questionable to face the Steelers (6-5-1) after sitting out Minnesota’s 29-27 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Thielen sustained an injured right ankle while being tackled by Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs early in the first quarter on Sunday.

Thielen, 31, has 64 receptions for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games this season for the Vikings (5-7). The two-time Pro Bowl selection is in his eighth season with Minnesota.

Rookie offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw was ruled out for Thursday’s contest after failing to practice this week due to an ankle injury.

Linebacker Blake Lynch and safety Camryn Bynum are listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.

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Dec 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) goes down with an injury during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Adam Thielen exits with ankle injury

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was ruled out for the second half of Sunday’s game at Detroit due to an injured right ankle.

Thielen’s feet got tangled up when he was being tackled for no gain by Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs with 12:35 remaining in the first quarter.

He finished the game with one catch for zero yards on two targets.

Thielen, 31, has 64 receptions for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is in his eighth season with the Vikings.

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Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a pass at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Adam Thielen nursing bruised thigh

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen exited Saturday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts with a bruised thigh.

The injury, which was sustained on the Vikings’ first possession, is not expected to sideline Thielen for long.

Thielen, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday, led the Vikings in touchdown receptions (14) last season. His totals in catches (74) and receiving yards (925) trailed only then-rookie Justin Jefferson (88, 1,400) for the team lead.

Thielen has 397 receptions for 5,240 yards and 39 touchdowns since signing with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He made the Pro Bowl in both 2017 and 2018.

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Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) looks on in the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings activate WR Thielen from reserve/COVID-19 list

The Minnesota Vikings activated wide receiver Adam Thielen from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to practice Wednesday.

Thielen landed on the list on Nov. 23, one day after catching eight passes for 123 yards and two scores in a 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It was the 100th game of his NFL career.

He leads the Vikings in touchdown receptions (11) and ranks second in receptions (49) and receiving yards (646), trailing rookie Justin Jefferson (52 catches for 918 yards) in both categories.

Thielen, 30, has 372 receptions for 4,961 yards and 36 touchdowns since signing with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He topped 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl in both 2017 and 2018.

Minnesota (5-6) has won four of its last five games heading into Sunday’s game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10).

–Field Level Media

Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) looks on in the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings place WR Thielen on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Minnesota Vikings placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Monday.

The news comes one day after Thielen reeled in eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The game was the 100th of Thielen’s career.

Thielen, 30, leads the team in both catches (49) and touchdown receptions (11). He also has 646 receiving yards to trail only rookie Justin Jefferson (848) on the club.

Thielen has recorded 372 catches for 4,961 yards and 36 touchdowns in seven seasons with Minnesota.

The Vikings (4-6) host the Carolina Panthers (4-7) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media