EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings were without four starters at practice Wednesday but they at least got one back.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring), nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee), guard Josh Kline (concussion) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee) did not participate. Thielen and Joseph sat out last Sunday’s 28-24 win at Dallas and Kline was injured in the first half and didn’t play in the second half. Stephen played throughout the game.
Returning to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after sitting out against the Cowboys was cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle).
The Vikings play Sunday against Denver at U.S. Bank Stadium. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t speculate on which players might be back for that game and said the bye week that follows the game won’t be a factor in deciding who might play.
“When guys are healthy, they play,” Zimmer said.
Also returning to practice on a limited basis was safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), who was claimed Nov. 6 off waivers from Philadelphia and sat out at Dallas.
Others limited were cornerback Mackensie Alexander (groin), safety Anthony Harris (groin) and center Brett Jones (knee).
Thielen was hurt Oct. 20 at Detroit and has missed two of the past three games. Thielen is not expected to play against the Broncos, but the Vikings are expected to activate wide receiver Josh Doctson off injured reserve for the game.
The Vikings opened a roster spot Tuesday, when they waived rookie wide receiver Davion Davis. Davis cleared waivers on Wednesday, and a source said he will re-sign with Minnesota’s practice squad.
A spot on the practice squad opened Wednesday when the Tennessee Titans signed fullback Khari Blasingame off Minnesota’s squad. Blasingame, an undrafted rookie, will return to Nashville, Tenn., where he played in college for Vanderbilt.
Minnesota's Dalvin Cook is the NFL’s leading rusher and now he’s also the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Cook was given the honor on Wednesday for last Sunday’s showing in a 28-24 win at Dallas. Cook ran for a game-high 97 yards and tied his career high with 86 yards receiving.
Cook’s 2-yard touchdown run on fourth down with two seconds left in the third quarter gave the Vikings the lead for good at 28-21.
It’s the second award for player of the week for Cook. He won the honor in Week 15 last year against Miami, when he rushed for 136 yards.
Cook leads the NFL in rushing with 991 yards, and on Sunday against Denver can become the eighth different player in Minnesota history to have 1,000 in a season. He also leads the NFL with 1,415 yards from scrimmage.