Injuries: Adam Thielen (back) questionable vs. Eagles
The Minnesota Vikings hope to have their dynamic receiver duo on the field Sunday in Philadelphia.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Adam Thielen will be listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game versus the Eagles.
Thielen has been dealing with a lower back injury this week. He was officially limited in practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Thielen was on the practice field again Friday.
3. Tom Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle (knee), defensive lineman Alan Branch (knee) and running backs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) are also listed at questionable.
4. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. Cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (ankle) were full participants.
Keenum, this year’s marvelous starter, has been talked about as a potential target for the franchise tag, but those reports came before Sunday’s 38-7 collapse to the Eagles in the NFC title game. Bradford and Keenum are also candidates to follow Pat Shurmur to New York, where the Vikings coordinator is set to take over as head coach of the Giants.
So what about Bridgewater?
The back-from-injury signal-caller told reporters Monday that he definitely sees himself as a starter in 2018, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Bridgewater, though, acknowledged that such a role might have to happen somewhere other than Minnesota.
Bridgewater courageously returned this season from a devastating knee injury that wiped out his 2016 campaign. The former starter was essentially demoted during the playoffs, though, floating in the abyss behind Keenum and Bradford and calling the experience a test of my character.
In a perfect world, the Vikings would keep Bridgewater around to compete with Keenum for the starting role. Not an easy solution, however, when both players see themselves as leading men.