Justin Jefferson, Vikings

Justin Jefferson taking ‘safe route’ to return to the field for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings remain without star wide receiver Justin Jefferson for the past six games due to an ailing hamstring injury.

The All-Pro wideout’s recovery has progressed toward possibly being placed on the active roster, but he has yet to take that next step. Jefferson added more clarity to the situation by voicing that he hasn’t returned due to his hamstring issues persisting.

“If I miss this one, it’s going to be the seventh game,” Jefferson said via ESPN. “so it’s definitely frustrating, and it’s tough to be patient and try to make sure that an injury heals properly. It’s definitely not something I want to do, but it comes with the game, it comes with trying to be healthy, trying to be 100% and [following] the safe route.”

Jefferson is participating in on-the-field work such as running some routes at full speed. However, he hasn’t taken that next step toward being fully healthy to play.

He’s dealing with a sensitive injury that can easily see a setback occur and derail the rest of the season. He suffered the injury on Oct.8 and was put in the 21-day practice window on Nov. 8.

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Jefferson has until Nov. 29 to be activated or he will stay on the injured reserve for the rest of the season. He was putting together another highly productive campaign before the injury, posting 36 receptions for 571 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

The Vikings will continue to monitor the situation, but it’s clear Jefferson still has another hurdle to clear before he returns.

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