Justin Jefferson hasn’t played since October 8th, and things have changed drastically for the Minnesota Vikings since then. The team was sinking early in the season and had a 1-4 record when Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on the IR, causing those around the NFL to write them off completely. That notion was magnified a few weeks later when the team lost quarterback Kirk Cousins to a season-ending injury.
Will Jefferson’s Return Help Vikings With Playoff Push?
Justin Jefferson has been activated from IR
He will play after the Vikings bye week pic.twitter.com/uK6GqPgmIA
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 28, 2023
But somehow, Minnesota surged. The Vikings became the hottest team in football during late October and early November, winning 5 straight games to improve to 6-4 and place themselves in the thick of the NFC playoff race. A couple of weeks ago, Jefferson was activated from the injured reserve list, which opened his 21-day window in order to return to the field, but his team has slipped up again since as he has failed to return to action thus far. In the last two weeks, the Vikings have dropped games against both the Broncos and Bears, clouding their postseason possibility.
Week 14 should be the week that we see Jefferson finally return to the field after missing 7 full games. And while the Vikings are technically still very much alive in the NFC playoff race, there are serious questions about their quarterback play now that Josh Dobbs has come down from his unusually hot start with the team. A serious turnover issue has developed, which would be a serious problem for any team looking to make good on a playoff run down the stretch.
Jefferson Says He’s Excited To Play With Dobbs
The #Vikings are activating WR Justin Jefferson from Injured Reserve today, and he’ll play after the bye.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2023
But Jefferson thinks having Dobbs play the position may actually work to his and…
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Author : Anthony R. Cardenas
Publish date : 2023-12-06 17:56:13
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