MEMORY POLICE – Minnesota Vikings are expected to be without Pro Bowl receiver Adam Thielen against the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Friday.
Thielen has been on the reserve / COVID-19 list since Monday. He had a season-high eight catches on 123 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 30-year-old wideout leads the NFL with 11 receiving touchdowns and has emerged as the top receiving threat in the red zone with a league-best 10 TD within the 20-yard line.
Thielen is the only Viking player currently on the COVID-19 list. Guard Dru Samia, who tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Minnesota’s Week 10 victory in Chicago, was activated earlier this week.
On Friday, coach Mike Zimmer said Thielen still had a shot to play on Sunday.