There are indications that Minnesota Vikings’ standout wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, may opt to sit out the upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints, but the team has left a slight window of opportunity open. Officially designated as questionable for Sunday, Jefferson has been absent for the last four games due to a hamstring injury sustained in Week 5, which landed him on injured reserve. This week, the Vikings activated the 21-day window to potentially bring Jefferson back into the lineup.
Despite hopes for his return, reports throughout the week suggested that Jefferson’s comeback this Sunday was unlikely. Vikings’ head coach, Kevin O’Connell, acknowledged the cautious approach, stating that planning on Jefferson playing against the Saints would be “a little aggressive.” Jefferson himself emphasized on Thursday that he wouldn’t risk playing at “80, 90 percent and have a chance to hurt it again.”
While it appears that the All-Pro receiver might need at least another week for his return, the questionable status retains a slim possibility of an earlier comeback. However, the uncertainty remains.
In addition to Jefferson, the Vikings have listed tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs), wide receiver K.J. Osborn (concussion), linebacker Brian Asamoah (ankle), and guard Chris Reed (foot) as questionable for the game. Defensive end Dean Lowry (groin) is doubtful, and quarterback Jaren Hall (concussion) has been ruled out. The team faces a series of uncertainties regarding player availability as they prepare for the upcoming matchup against the New Orleans Saints.