EAGAN, Minn. — WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) and DT Jalyn Holmes (not injury related) have been downgraded to OUT for Monday's game at Seattle.
Thielen has been rehabbing a hamstring injury that he suffered in Week 7 while making a touchdown catch.
The All-Pro and Pro Bowler missed Week 8 against Washington and returned briefly for Week 9 at Kansas City, but he had to leave that game early because the injury was aggravated.
He spoke to media members Friday and expressed optimism about his progress after Minnesota’s Week 12 bye.
Asked if he would play if his hamstring is not 100 percent, Thielen said “probably not.”
“Just because I know that if you’re not 100 percent, you’re going to come out five plays into the game anyways,” Thielen said. “That’s probably the biggest difference of a hamstring from a different injury, is you can play through pain with other injuries, but as I found out quickly, with a hamstring, if you feel any pain, eventually it’s just not going to work, so that’s kind of the plan right now.”
Thielen, who had never missed a game since making the 53-man roster in 2014, then missed Week 10 at Dallas and Week 11 against Denver.
He has 27 receptions for 391 yards (14.5 yards per catch) and a team-high six scores through the air on the season.
Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph have five receiving scores apiece.
Diggs has led Minnesota since Week 8 with 317 yards on 16 receptions, and Rudolph has caught four of his five touchdowns on the season in that span. The tight end has had 121 yards on 15 receptions since Week 8.
In addition to the established veterans, Minnesota has enlisted the help of running back Dalvin Cook (21 receptions for 235 yards) and rookies Irv Smith, Jr., (15 receptions, 108 yards, 1 TD) and Bisi Johnson (11 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD) since Week 8.
Kickoff between Minnesota (8-3) and Seattle (9-2) is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. (CT) Monday on ESPN. The game also will air in the Twin Cities on WCCO.