Justin Jefferson, the star wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, may not return to fantasy football lineups as soon as Week 14, despite high hopes among his managers. Stephania Bell discusses why the Vikings’ Monday night game against the Chicago Bears complicates matters for Jefferson’s fantasy managers. Jefferson suffered a right hamstring injury in Week 5 and has been sidelined on injured reserve ever since.
On Tuesday, Jefferson took to social media to make it clear that his health is his top priority and that fantasy football concerns would not influence his return. The Vikings have been cautious in their approach to Jefferson’s recovery, opening his 21-day practice window on November 8. However, there is a possibility that they may keep him sidelined for the Monday night game against the Bears in order to take advantage of the bye week that follows.
The Vikings’ coach, Kevin O’Connell, emphasized the importance of Jefferson’s long-term health and career. He stated that they need to be smart about his return, especially with five crucial games coming up. O’Connell reiterated that Jefferson’s well-being takes precedence over the team’s short-term needs, despite the significance of the games ahead. The Vikings are focused on solidifying their position in the playoffs and competing in the division, but not at the expense of Jefferson’s long-term career.