June 22, 2024

One of many elite gamers within the NFL, Justin Jefferson, has been activated from injured reserve, paving the best way for the All-Professional extensive receiver’s return to motion following an prolonged layoff as a consequence of a hamstring harm.

Jefferson has missed the final seven Minnesota Vikings video games, and on Monday he watched his crew undergo a two-point loss to their division rival Chicago Bears. The Vikings will get pleasure from a bye this week, giving Jefferson extra time to work his method again into the beginning lineup.

After the off week, the Vikings will journey to Las Vegas for a Dec. 10 matchup with the Raiders. Jefferson was named the AP NFL Offensive Participant of the 12 months in 2022 after he racked up greater than 1,800 receiving yards. He additionally obtained First-team All-Professional honors.

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Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up previous to a recreation towards the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Photographs)

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell mentioned Jefferson was near suiting up for Monday’s night time recreation towards the Bears, however the crew in the end determined to focus on Week 14 for his return.

“Justin was near having an opportunity of going final night time, however the most effective factor for him and for our crew transferring ahead was to get by means of the bye and in the end have him at 100% popping out of the bye as we tackle the Raiders on the highway,” O’Connell mentioned.

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Jefferson returned to follow on Nov. 8 and mentioned final week he was reaching “prime speeds.” If Jefferson weren’t activated this week for some cause, he would have been ineligible to return this season.

Justin Jefferson vs Chiefs

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings extensive receiver Justin Jefferson (18) earlier than the sport towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at U.S. Financial institution Stadium. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Following a 2-4 begin, veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins led Minnesota to a few consecutive wins earlier than he went down with a season-ending Achilles harm.

Rookie quarterback Jaren Corridor was named the starter for the crew’s Week 9 recreation vs. the Falcons, however he suffered an harm in the course of the recreation. Journeyman Josh Dobbs, who was traded to the Vikings simply days earlier than the sport in Atlanta, was then pressured into motion. Regardless of having just about no time to be taught the playbook or all of his teammates names, Dobbs led Minnesota to a powerful comeback to maintain the profitable streak alive.

Justin Jefferson before the Giants game

Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up towards the New York Giants at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Stephen Maturen/Getty Photographs)

Dobbs had one other robust efficiency in Week 10 in a win over the New Orleans Saints. However, the honeymoon part with Dobbs has cooled over the previous couple of weeks because the crew has dropped the final two video games. 

Dobbs threw a career-high 4 interceptions throughout Monday night time’s loss.

It’s now unclear who will throw Jefferson passes when he steps again on the soccer area for a recreation. On Monday, O’Connell was non-committal on whether or not Dobbs would stay the crew’s starter going ahead.

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“We’re going to have a look, you already know actually consider the stock of performs now we have now of Josh,” O’Connell mentioned when requested if he would take into account a quarterback change.”

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Jefferson caught 39 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns over 5 video games thus far this season.

The Related Press contributed to this report.