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Vikings WR Thielen questionable but expected to play vs. Eagles

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen celebrates a play against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings listed Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Thielen, who has been dealing with a lower-back injury this week, was limited in practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He was on the practice field again Friday and he is expected to start Sunday, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old Thielen had 91 catches for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns in 16 regular-season games this season. In last Sunday's 29-24 divisional playoff win against the New Orleans Saints, he caught six passes for 76 yards.

Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo remains in concussion protocol and is listed as questionable, but he was a full participant in practice Friday and likely will start. He still must formally be cleared by an independent neurologist in an exam that will take place no later than Saturday.

In addition, cornerback Mackensie Alexander did not practice Friday because of an illness and is listed as questionable.

The Vikings ruled out defensive tackle Shamar Stephen with a knee injury.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did not announce whether Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater would back up quarterback Case Keenum. Bradford had that role last weekend.

Meanwhile, Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. Cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (ankle) were full participants in Friday's practice.