Head coach Kevin O’Connell said that the team would be easing Jefferson back into action and added that it would be “a little aggressive” for the superstar to play in the Vikings’ Week 10 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
Jefferson has been sidelined since Week 6 with a hamstring injury that he suffered during Minnesota’s Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was activated from the injured reserve list this week.
So, while Jefferson is certainly eligible to play on Sunday, chances are, he will have to wait at least another week to get back on the field.
In the five games he has played this season, Jefferson has logged 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was selected by the Vikings with the 22nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
He enjoyed a spectacular rookie campaign, catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. Jefferson was then even better in his sophomore season, hauling in 108 receptions for 1,616 yards and 10 scores. Last year, he one-upped himself yet again, leading the league in catches (128) and receiving yards (1,809) while reaching the end zone eight times.
Jefferson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and also earned a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2022.
The St. Rose, La. native is also angling for a new contract and is widely expected to land the richest non-quarterback deal in NFL history.
Minnesota is 5-4 and has amazingly gone 4-0 without Justin Jefferson in the lineup. The Vikings sit one-and-a-half games (two in the loss column) behind the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North.