Minnesota Vikings’ star wide receiver Justin Jefferson may not be returning to fantasy football lineups as soon as Week 14, despite high hopes among his managers. The team has been cautious in their approach to Jefferson’s recovery after he suffered a right hamstring injury in Week 5 and was sidelined on injured reserve.
On Tuesday, Jefferson took to social media to clarify 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 there is a possibility 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.
Vikings 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. Despite the significance of the games ahead, the team is focused on solidifying their position in the playoffs and competing in the division, but not at the expense of Jefferson’s long-term career.