Diggs didn't practice this week in preparation for Sunday, when the Vikings (4-0) host the Texans (3-1).
Yes, Brock Osweiler has a contract befitting a franchise player, but he joined the Houston Texans this year with only seven career starts. Now, Smith might become the latest starter to be forced into a long absence.
And while the quarterback was instrumental in putting up those wins, Osweiler hasn't exactly lit up his own stats sheet.
Minnesota's offense has been struck hard by the injury bug this season.
With DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the outside, and Lamar Miller in the backfield, the Texans should be an explosive offense. Fuller has two touchdown receptions and is ranked 13th in the league in yards per game with 80.8. And Osweiler says that is on him.
Perhaps you'll be at a watch party, surrounded by other people who can tell you what they think the biggest issue with the Texans' offensive line is. Removing anyone from the defense would not have as big an effect as removing Bradford from the offense, and that single concept makes Bradford more "valuable" to this team.
The Texans also have a running game for the Vikings to contend with in Lamar Miller, who is now fourth in the league in rushing. The Texans are averaging just 17.3 points and 349.8 yards per game. Although the Texans tailor their offense each week for their specific opponent, Robison said they "set everything up" with the run game.
The defense of the Texans is another matter.
The Vikings defense now ranks eighth in the league against the run, as they've limited opponents to an average of 3.6 yards per attempt and 82.5 total rushing yards per game. The team needs Jadeveon Clowney to take over the role of dominant pass rusher for Watt.
Shutting down Fuller will not be an easy task, but one member of the Vikings has already done it. In the last 2 games Bradford has thrown 1 pass in each game that gave a defender a play on a ball but neither of them were intercepted. He is by far quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite target as well. "We changed up the routine a little bit today because of the Monday night game".
We're unlikely to see a rematch this weekend. Also, only five teams have a worse turnover differential than Houston's minus-3. The first road game of the season, which was also against an undefeated team, didn't go so well.
Vikings: Take a well-timed bye week, before playing at now unbeaten Philadelphia on October 23. It's not as if the Vikings haven't tried; they rank 10th in the league in rushing attempts.
Diggs has quickly evolved into one of the top young receivers in the league as a second-year player with the Vikings.
With leading receiver Stefon Diggs out for the game with a groin injury, Thielen and Patterson capably stepped up for the Vikings. The Vikings are giving up just 12.5 points and 335 yards per game on defense.