Stefon Diggs out against Packers

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) dives for extra yards after catching a pass from quarterback Case Keenum during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
AP Photo/Don Wright

This won’t make life any easier for third-string quarterback Case Keenum against his team’s bitter division rival. The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday that star wideout Stefon Diggs will miss Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers as he continues to recover from a groin injury that he suffered last week.

Diggs, who led the NFL in receiving yards going into Week 5, had just one catch for four yards during the Vikings’ win over the Chicago Bears on Monday evening. He was sidelined at intermittent portions of the action after tweaking his groin, an injury he also dealt with last season. The 24-year-old leads Minnesota in receiving and touchdowns with 395 yards and four scores.

The Vikings were already out their top two quarterbacks and rookie running back Dalvin Cook this week before officially losing Diggs. Adam Thielen has been a revelation this season, but isn’t the type of big-play threat normally needed to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Green Bay ranks sixth in average passing yards allowed this season, surrendering just 200 yards per game.

Will Keenum be dynamic enough against a strong defense to give the Vikings a chance this weekend? Limiting turnovers is the surest means of doing so, and he’s accomplished that goal over the past four games, throwing zero interceptions compared to four touchdown passes. The Packers were always going to be tough for Minnesota to beat this weekend given their overall quality and the absence of a playmaker like Cook, though. Without Diggs, too, the Vikings’ odds of pulling off the upset are definitely a bit longer.

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