Vikings’ Justin Jefferson on His Return: “I’m the Main Person That’s Going to Make the Decision”

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson in 2021
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson in 2021. Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (12632165bc)

The Minnesota Vikings need all the help they can get on offense after losing their starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins, to a season-ending ACL injury. However, that help won’t come from their star wideout Justin Jefferson, at least not yet.

Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury in a Week 5 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and hasn’t played since. He started practicing last week, which was taken as a sign that he would come off the Injured Reserve soon. However, in announcing their roster moves on Saturday, the Vikings revealed that Jefferson will remain out.   

Speaking with reporters earlier this week, Jefferson said that he will be the one who will decide when he returns to action.

“I’m the main person that’s going to make the decision,” Jefferson said. “I’m the person that’s going out there running, I’m the person that’s putting my body on the line to win games and do things for this organization. I know how I feel, I know how my hamstring’s feeling. We’re going to weigh in on all of the different opinions and what everyone has to say, but at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s going out there.”

Despite playing without Jefferson and lately without Cousins, the Vikings managed to stay afloat in the NFC North and remain in the playoff race. They are 6-4 and currently riding a five-game winning streak. They will have a chance to extend it in Week 11 against the surging Denver Broncos.

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