Report: Adam Thielen to return this week vs. the Chargers

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen /

According to Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings will get one of their top wide receivers back for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Prior to this season, Adam Thielen missing time for the Minnesota Vikings was never really a thought that ever crossed anyone’s mind.

Ever since he made it onto the active roster in 2014, Thielen appeared in every regular season game during his first five years with the Vikings. Unfortunately, his durability took a hit this season when he went down with a hamstring injury Minnesota’s Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions.

Since then, Thielen has only been on the field for seven snaps and he’s had to watch the rest of his teammates fight for victories from the sideline.

However, it seems like the Vikings receiver is set to return to the lineup when the team takes on the Los Angeles Chargers this week. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday, Thielen is expected to suit up for Minnesota when they face the Chargers barring him suffering a setback during any practices leading up the matchup.

This is great news for the Vikings, who are in the middle of trying to earn a spot in the playoffs. With Thielen back out on the field, Minnesota’s offense should get a nice boost in talent.

Some may think that the Vikings should play it safe and sit the receiver for at least one more week before they finish their season with two divisional matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. But this Sunday in Los Angeles might be a good opportunity for Thielen to shake off some of the rust he might have from sitting out for so long.

Hopefully, the receiver doesn’t suffer another setback before or during the game this week because he could be a very valuable asset for Minnesota come playoff time.

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If the Vikings are able to enter the postseason with their offense at full strength, they are capable of coming out with a win against any team they go up against.