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Vikings reportedly ‘have situation to watch’ with Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs was back at the Minnesota Vikings’ facility on Thursday after an absence Wednesday for “non-injury reasons,” but it appears that issues between the wide receiver and the team are far from resolved.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” that the Vikings, perhaps to no surprise, “have a situation to watch” with the Diggs drama.

While it remains unclear exactly what is causing Diggs’ unhappiness with the team, signs mostly point to the belief that he’s frustrated with his role in the Vikings’ new run-first offense, not to mention Kirk Cousins’ ongoing struggles making plays in the passing game.

Diggs’ return of course comes amid speculation that the wideout wants to be traded. His absence Wednesday, along his cryptic social media activity and national reporting on the subject, are being used to corroborate that notion.

On Thursday while meeting with reporters, Diggs did not dispel the growing rumors concerning a purported trade demand, but did not confirm anything, either. That said, he did indicate “there’s truth to all rumors, no matter how you dress it up.”

Diggs added that he “hasn’t communicated” anything to the Vikings about a trade demand, but said the media would have to ask his agent about things beyond his evasive comments.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, meanwhile, declined to address the situation, referring to it Thursday as an “internal matter.”

All that said, Diggs was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

“I hope they let me play [on Sunday],” Diggs told reporters. “I like football. I want to be a part of playing football on Sunday, as always.”