In Week 5, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson suffered a right hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve. Despite high hopes among his fantasy managers, Jefferson’s return to the lineup may not be as soon as Week 14, as the Vikings have been cautious in their approach to his recovery. On Tuesday, Jefferson made it clear on social media that his health is his top priority and that fantasy football concerns would not influence his return.
The Vikings opened Jefferson’s 21-day practice window on November 8, but have indicated that they may keep him sidelined for the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears in order to take advantage of the bye week that follows. Coach Kevin O’Connell emphasized the importance of Jefferson’s long-term health and career, stating that they need to be smart about his return, especially with five crucial games coming up. O’Connell reiterated that Jefferson’s well-being takes precedence over the team’s short-term needs, despite the significance of the games ahead. The Vikings are focused on solidifying their position in the playoffs and competing in the division, but not at the expense of Jefferson’s long-term career.