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As the Vikings welcome back one key piece to the offense, another is heading out the door. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on injured reserve. This comes after Chad Graff of The Athletic first reported that the veteran pass-catcher underwent surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday, which will put an end to his season.
Thielen returned to the field Sunday after he missed the previous two games due to a left ankle sprain. He aggravated it in that Week 16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and has ultimately cut his regular-season short. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network notes that Thielen is facing about a one-month recovery from this ankle surgery, so outside of a deep playoff run by the Vikings, his year is effectively over.
On the same day Thielen is being put on the shelf, the Vikings have activated running back Dalvin Cook from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Cook missed last week’s loss to the Rams, but is eligible to return to the facility and begin preparing for what is shaping up to be a pivotal final two weeks of the regular season.