The Minnesota Vikings’ star wide receiver Justin Jefferson has announced that he will only return to the field once he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury. Jefferson, who sustained the injury in Week 5, has been on injured reserve since then and is currently eligible to practice as of November 8. However, the team’s coach, Kevin O’Connell, has stated that Jefferson will not return until he is at 100% health.
Fans’ fantasy football interests are not a consideration in Jefferson’s return timeline, as he emphasized that his health is the most important factor in determining when he will return to the field. Despite being eager to perform well in the current season, O’Connell explained that the team wants to ensure that Jefferson is fully recovered and ready to play in the upcoming games after the bye week.
The Vikings may choose to keep Jefferson sidelined for the upcoming Monday night game against the Chicago Bears to take advantage of the ensuing bye week. However, O’Connell emphasized that Jefferson’s long-term career with the Vikings is the top priority, despite their desire to perform well in this season.