Vikings vs. 49ers Injury Report: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs Trending Toward Playing
Harry How/Getty Images. Pictured: Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs
The 6-seeded Minnesota Vikings will face off against the 1-seeded San Francisco 49ers in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round matchup (4:35 p.m. ET on NBC).
We’re tracking key injuries for both teams in the run-up to kickoff. You’ll find the latest news with our daily updates outlined below.
Vikings vs. 49ers Injury Report: Divisional Round
The 49ers will get S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) back since he wasn’t on the report to begin the week. He should be at full strength. OL Mike Person (neck) was also removed from the injury report after logging a full practice on Thursday.
DE Dee Ford (quad/hamstring) was listed as questionable, but it appears he’s trending towards playing since he got in limited practices all week. That’s a big step forward since in Week 17 he didn’t practice at all.
WR Stefon Diggs was fighting the flu but appears to be good to go after getting removed from the Vikings’ injury report. WR Adam Thielen (ankle) is listed as questionable after he had to get stitches from a cut in Wednesday’s practice. Thielen sounds optimistic that he’s going to suit up on Saturday.
WR Stefon Diggs returned to practice after missing the previous two practices with an illness. As expected, he should be fine for Saturday. However, WR Adam Thielen isn’t practicing on Thursday after injuring his ankle mid-practice on Wednesday. We should get more information from Zimmer after practice.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs missed another practice on Wednesday, but head coach Mike Zimmer told media Diggs should be fine for Saturday.
More concerning is the fact that WR Adam Thielen injured his ankle during Wednesday’s practice and was listed as limited. We’re not sure of the extent of this injury yet. Hopefully we’ll get more information as the week progresses.
The 49ers are getting healthier with S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) returning to full practice. Kwon Alexander returned to limited practice on Tuesday, but he won’t be listed on the injury report because they still haven’t activated him off injured reserve.
I’m taking these early Vikings reports with a grain of salt as the Vikings’ report was just an estimation on Tuesday since they only held a walkthrough.
WR Stefon Diggs missed practice Tuesday with an illness, but after tracking injuries all season, I’ve rarely seen a player miss a game due to an illness — especially a key player like Diggs.
DL Linval Joseph (knee) would’ve also been listed as a non-participant on Tuesday had Minnesota held an actual practice. Joseph is a big piece of this defensive line. So far there hasn’t been any concern about his availability on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers think LB Kwon Alexander could be ready to play on Saturday.
Alexander was placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 9. The injury was expected to keep him out longer, but he ended up participating in the team’s bye-week practice last Thursday.
Meanwhile, the rest the Vikings gave their hampered starters in Week 17 seems to have paid off. RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns while WR Adam Thielen caught seven passes for 128 yards in the wild-card win over the Saints.
Vikings vs. 49ers Injury Status Tracker
We’re tracking each player’s daily practice participation in the table below. You’ll also find their official injury designation in the “Team Status” column, but if that’s not yet available, the FantasyLabs (FL) Status will also be updated throughout the week.
Vikings vs. 49ers Betting Odds
The 49ers opened as favorites of more than a touchdown, but were bet down to -6.5 at FanDuel within the first 24 hours. The over/under, meanwhile, sits at 45 as of Monday.