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Thielen returns to 'limited' practice; Michael Floyd sidelined by illness

Adam Thielen returned to Vikings practice on Thursday, taking a step toward playing through a back injury that held him out of Wednesday’s practice.

Thielen was limited in his return.

Safety Andrew Sendejo was also limited again Thursday while he continues to progress through the concussion protocol. Sendejo was knocked out of Sunday’s NFC Divisional win against the Saints by a blindside blow from receiver Michael Thomas. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander (rib) was also limited in practice.

Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen was again held out of practice Thursday due to a knee injury suffered against the Saints. Stephen was seen walking gingerly to the Vikings trainer’s room in the locker room.

Also held out of practice Thursday was receiver Michael Floyd, who is listed with an illness.

Safety Anthony Harris (knee) and center Pat Elflein (shoulder) were full participants in practice.

The Vikings and Eagles vie for a Super Bowl berth in Sunday’s NFC title game with kickoff set for 5:40 p.m.

For the Eagles: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (ankle) were limited; CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) was a full participant on Thursday.

Vikings' Thielen sits out practice with lower-back injury

As the Vikings start their week of practice in preparation for the NFC Championship Game, they’re giving Adam Thielen at least one day to take it easy.

The team's injury report listed him as being sidelined with a lower-back injury.

Thielen did not have a helmet during the open portion of the Vikings’ practice on Wednesday afternoon, indicating he won’t participate in the first session of the week. Thielen, who briefly left Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and played 77 of the team’s 81 snaps, went through stretches and did some light jogging with the team before individual drills.

Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who was limited in two practices with an ankle injury last week, was not practicing on Wednesday after playing only four snaps on Sunday against the Saints.

Safety Andrew Sendejo was taking part in individual drills after sustaining a concussion on Sunday against the Saints, indicating he has cleared part of the NFL’s concussion protocol. Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday the safety will be “fine” as the Vikings head into Sunday’s game.

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