Adam Thielen, WR (MIN)

Missing from walk-through practice

Thielen (ankle) was estimated as a non-participant for Monday's walk-through practice.

Thielen is still awaiting the results of an MRI on the left high-ankle sprain he sustained in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions, so his absence from the walk-through session a day later comes as little surprise. Even if the MRI reveals that Thielen is dealing with a low-grade sprain, he's still likely to have a tough time gaining clearance for a Week 14 matchup with the Steelers on Thursday. Though Thielen's early exit against Detroit opened up more snaps at receiver for K.J. Osborn and Dede Westbrook, the main takeaway for fantasy purposes was that more looks became available for Justin Jefferson. While tying his season high with 14 targets, Jefferson notched 11 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.

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Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen

WR | MIN

Expects to be ready for spring

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.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

RB | MIN

Light workload in finale

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Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks

LB | MIN

Sidelined for Week 18

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Sean Mannion

Sean Mannion

QB | MIN

Returns to backup role

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.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

QB | MIN

Returns from COVID-19 list

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Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

QB | MIN

In line to return from COVID list

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.