Stefon Diggs practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day, indicating the wide receiver’s groin injury is healing up and he could be ready to face the Eagles’ No. 4-ranked passing defense on Sunday.
“It’s a big difference,” Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said about having Diggs in the lineup. “He’s obviously a very good player and he attracts attention. If a team decides to put an emphasis on him or put their best player on him, it opens things for everyone else, and obviously when he gets singled up he has had very good production.”
Diggs first appeared on the injury report on Sept. 23, before the team’s Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers, when he didn’t practice that Friday. Since then, he has missed at least one day of practice each week and was inactive for the Vikings’ Week 5 matchup against the Houston Texans.
But with a bye following the Texans game, Diggs appears to be on the road to recovery and that could change the way defenses approach the Vikings.
“He got singled up when he had the big game a lot against the Giants, and then to me, after that, it’s how a team is going to play you,” Turner said. “He missed the Houston game; he might have gotten more attention in that game. So, we’ll see as we go forward.”
Diggs produced 285 yards in the first two games of the season and was leading the NFL in receiving yards at that point. Since appearing on the injury report, he has 87 yards combined in the two games he has played since.
Zimmer isn’t sure that Diggs’ absence against the Texans altered Houston’s game plan, but Zimmer knows when another team’s top receiver isn’t playing he approaches defensive calls differently.
“I can’t speak for other teams, but I know that when we’re playing somebody and that guy is not playing, a lot of times it changes a game plan or it changes different calls or things like that,” Zimmer said. “If (Odell) Beckham wasn’t playing against us, we probably wouldn’t have made some of the calls we made. I can’t speak for other coaches and how they approach Diggs.”
While Diggs remained limited in practice on Thursday, TE MyCole Pruitt and DT Sharrif Floyd both remained out with knee injuries. Floyd played in the season opener and then had arthroscopic surgery, but Zimmer said he doesn’t think Floyd is close to practicing soon.
The Eagles got several players back practicing that didn’t participate on Wednesday, including C Jason Kelce (foot) and DE Marcus Smith (groin), who were both full participants on Thursday, and CB Ron Brooks (calf), who was limited on Thursday.
|MyCole Pruitt||83||TE||Knee/Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DT||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Stefon Diggs||14||WR||Groin||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Jarius Wright||17||WR||Ankle||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Jeremiah Sirles||78||T||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Laquon Treadwell||11||WR||Thumb||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Brandon Fusco||78||T||Concussion||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Alex Boone||76||G||Knee||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Ankle||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Ron Brooks||33||CB||Calf||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Jason Kelce||62||C||Foot||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Bennie Logan||96||DT||Groin||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Marcus Smith||90||DE||Groin||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Allen Barbre||76||G||Ankle||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Mychal Kendricks||95||LB||Ribs||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Jordan Matthews||81||WR||Knee||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Leodis McKelvin||21||CB||Hamstring||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Rodney McLeod||23||S||Shoulder||Full Part.||Full Part.|