The Minnesota Vikings and their star wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, got a bit of a scare on Friday afternoon during the team’s practice. However, it appears that what could have been a significant injury is not anything serious.
Jefferson landed hard on this play during Friday afternoon’s practice and got up favoring his left arm.
It looked like it could have been any number of things, but it appears that the best-case scenario has emerged. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the injury to Jefferson is a sprained AC joint and not something like a broken clavicle.
Vikings’ WE Justin Jefferson, who left practice today grabbing his left shoulder after he fell to the ground, has a sprained AC joint, per source. “Nothing serious,” per source, but there will be further testing this weekend.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2021
We will, obviously, be awaiting the results of those tests.
Based on my extensive research on AC joint sprains. . .which is just me Googling a few things and seeing what I can find. . .there are three grades of AC joint sprains, conveniently called Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. Unless Jefferson has a Grade 3 sprain, he should be able to recover in time for the Vikings’ regular season opener. Grade 1 sprains are mild and appear to have a recovery time of 1-2 weeks, while Grade 2 is more moderate and requires a 3-4 week recovery period.
Here’s hoping that the injury to Justin Jefferson is just something mild and that he didn’t, you know, “tweak” his shoulder or something like that.