Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson will have to wait at least another week before making his return to the field. According to NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, Jefferson will not be activated from injured reserve in time for Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos. The Vikings subsequently announced that Jefferson would remain on injured reserve, downgrading him from questionable to out for the upcoming game.
This setback means Jefferson will miss his sixth consecutive game as he continues to recover from a right hamstring injury sustained in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although his practice window opened on November 8, the team has decided to exercise caution with his return.
The talented wide receiver is expected to target a comeback in Week 12 when the Vikings host the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Despite Jefferson’s absence, the Vikings have managed to secure five consecutive victories after starting the season 1-4.
In Jefferson’s absence, other players such as tight end T.J. Hockenson, first-round receiver Jordan Addison, and wideout Brandon Powell have stepped up to contribute. Jefferson had an impressive start to the season, recording 36 receptions for 571 yards and three touchdowns in the five games he played.
The Vikings, with a current record of 6-4, will face the Denver Broncos (4-5) at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday night.