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Sources: Thielen will play despite back, Bridgewater expected inactive

Adam Thielen was limited throughout the week due to a lower back injury suffered against the Saints. He played 77 of 81 snaps in that game, and he’s expected to try to play through the injury again during Sunday’s NFC title game, according to a source.

The pain Thielen is dealing with, from fractures in his back suffered from a hit by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, according to NFL Media, is not insignificant. His movement was limited early in the week, unable to practice on Wednesday. Thielen was still limited in practices Thursday and Friday before being listed as questionable to play.

“Questionable” is how head coach Mike Zimmer described Thielen’s practices.

The Vikings’ quarterback pecking order is also expected to remain the same, another source told the Star Tribune, with Sam Bradford as the backup and Teddy Bridgewater inactive for a second consecutive playoff game. The Vikings have never had three quarterbacks active for a game under head coach Mike Zimmer.

It’s not yet clear if safety Andrew Sendejo (concussion) or cornerback Mackensie Alexander (rib/illness) will play after being listed questionable. However, Sendejo went through a full practice on Friday, meaning he could be medically cleared before kickoff.

Sendejo, Thielen listed as questionable for Vikings-Eagles game

Three Vikings players are listed questionable for Sunday’s NFC conference championship game in Philadelphia.

Safety Andrew Sendejo (concussion), receiver Adam Thielen (low back) and cornerback Mackensie Alexander (rib/illness) were all listed questionable, or the NFL’s version of 50/50, to play after Friday’s practice.

The good news is Sendejo was a full participant on Friday as he progresses through the concussion protocol. He had been limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thielen was still limited Friday while dealing with a back injury suffered against the Saints. Alexander was held out of Friday’s practice, with an illness added to his list of ailments.

Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee) has been ruled out, meaning the Vikings will be down to one backup defensive tackle, rookie Jaleel Johnson, against the Eagles.

Receiver Michael Floyd (illness) returned to practice Friday and is expected to play.

For the Eagles: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) is questionable.

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