Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who practiced for the first time all week on Friday after missing two days of practice with a left knee injury, will play on Sunday for the Vikings against the Patriots, a league source told the Star Tribune.
Diggs had a wrap on his left knee again on Friday, but indications were he had a chance to return for the Vikings game at Gillette Stadium. He played 66 of the Vikings’ 70 offensive snaps against the Packers on Sunday night.
His availability on Sunday afternoon should be a boon to the Vikings’ offense, given how it should force the Patriots to divide their attention between Diggs and Adam Thielen, who had his slowest day of the season when Diggs’ absence on Nov. 4 because of a rib injury allowed the Lions to concentrate their attention on Thielen.
With Thielen playing in the slot, Diggs could see plenty of Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who has been used to shadow receivers eight times in the Patriots’ first 11 games.