Diggs said his status for Sunday’s game against the Ravens is “in the air right now” but he was hopeful that he could do more in practice Thursday than he did on Wednesday.
“I feel good,” he said. “Body feels fine. It’s kind of not up to me, though. It’s bigger than me.”
Both Diggs and Michael Floyd (hamstring) were listed as non-participants on the injury report. Wideout Laquon Treadwell was a new addition to the daily report on Thursday with a toe injury, but was a full participant in practice.
Diggs doesn’t remember a particular moment that caused the injury against the Bears and was only briefly sidelined before returning to the game. The receiver said an awkward movement might have caused the injury, but he wasn’t sure about the specifics.
What he does know is that this groin injury is not the same as the one he sustained last year.
“Different situation,” he said. “There’s different muscles in there and different things were hurt last year. Last year was a lot more severe, too.”
Diggs injured his groin in Week 4 in 2016 and only missed one game, but the injury continued to linger throughout the year. After starting 5-0, Minnesota had a bye in Week 6, which gave him extra time to rehab his injury.
Only two games remain on the Vikings' schedule (Baltimore and Cleveland) before their bye in Week 9, should the injury be severe enough that Minnesota chooses to shut Diggs down until the team returns from its break against the Redskins in Week 10.
Diggs spoke throughout the preseason about his goal of staying healthy after the groin and subsequent lower-body injuries slowed his progression last season. The wide receiver says the on-field adversity he went through last year taught him patience.
“I try not to get too down,” he said. “Some things I can’t control. I try to do everything I can, control what I can control.
“You’ll see me out there soon.”
In Diggs’ absence against the Packers last Sunday, Adam Thielen led the team in receiving with 13 catches for 98 yards. Should both Diggs and Floyd not be able to play against the Ravens, the Vikings could still have five active receivers between Thielen, Treadwell, Jarius Wright, Stacy Coley and Rodney Adams.