In about eight hours or so, the Minnesota Vikings will take to the field at U.S. Bank Stadium to host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. As expected, it appears that they will do so without the reigning Offensive Player of the Year.
Per numerous reports, the Vikings will not move wide receiver Justin Jefferson to their active roster ahead of tonight’s contest. They have until 3:00 PM Central time to change their mind on that, but all indications are that they’ll play their seventh game without the star wideout.
Jefferson hasn’t played since the Vikings’ loss to Kansas City in Week 5, and the Vikings have managed to go 5-1 in his absence. Minnesota designated Jefferson to return from injured reserve back on 8 November, which opened up a 21-day window for him to be placed back on the active roster again.
That means that the team has until this Wednesday, 29 November, to put Jefferson back on the roster. If they fail to do so before then, Jefferson would remain on injured reserve and his season would be over. However, there’s just about no chance that the team will let that happen, so they’ll bring him back to the active roster sometime before Wednesday and give him an extra week to heal up before the team travels to Las Vegas in Week 14.
I don’t think anyone was expecting the Vikings to bring Jefferson back for Monday night’s game, but it now seems that we have official confirmation that a return will not be happening this evening.