The return of Justin Jefferson to fantasy football lineups may not happen as soon as Week 14, despite the hopes of his managers. According to Stephania Bell, the Minnesota Vikings’ Monday night game against the Chicago Bears complicates matters for Jefferson’s fantasy managers.
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, they may keep him sidelined for the Monday night game 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. He 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.