Nine targets in loss
Conklin caught seven of nine targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 29-27 loss to Detroit.
The nine targets set a new highwater mark for Conklin this season, which was due in large part to the absence of Adam Thielen (ankle), who left the contest early in the first quarter. The 25-year-old's seven receptions also tied his season high this year, and he figures to see a small uptick in attention from Kirk Cousins for as long as Thielen is sidelined. Conklin would make for a strong bye week fill-in option Thursday against the Steelers if the Vikings are forced to play without their No. 2 wideout.
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The Vikings activated Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
Thielen expects to be ready for spring workouts after Dec. 28 ankle surgery, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's a pretty easy recovery, a few more weeks here and I should be feeling back to normal," he said.
Smith-Marsette recorded three catches on three targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Cousins completed 14 of 22 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Jefferson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.
Cook rushed the ball 14 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears. He added one reception for three yards.
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Kendricks (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bears after the Vikings didn't reinstate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 18 roster moves, Will Ragatz of SI.com reports.
Mannion will return to a backup role for Sunday's season finale against the Bears after head coach Mike Zimmer said Kirk Cousins (illness) will reclaim starting duties following his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Minnesota activated Cousins (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon, shortly after head coach Mike Zimmer said Cousins will start Sunday's game against Chicago, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cousins (illness) is on track to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.