Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell says Justin Jefferson is “feeling pretty good” after the star wide receiver was placed on injured reserve with a significant hamstring strain.
Jefferson’s return has been up in the air due to the nature of the injury, and it was feared he would be out for the season. Whilst O’Connell declined to provide a specific timeline for Jefferson’s recovery, the Vikings know it will be at least the four weeks mandated by the NFL’s rules for players on injured reserve.
He said: “With hamstrings, I don’t want to speculate on exactly when it will be.
“I know he feels pretty good considering where some guys feel at this point in the process, having been [injured] just this past Sunday.”
Jefferson will now start to work on his comeback to the side, but until he is back at full speed he will be kept off the field.
“It’s just going to be about all that entails to go through the process to where he can have some time to start feeling like he can be at full speed again,” O’Connell added.
“As explosive as he is, that will be a process he’ll work through.
“Hopefully we can [then] get that window opened, and we’ll see where he’s at.”
As with Jefferson, O’Connell said he anticipated backup quarterback Nick Mullens being ready to return later this season after also being placed on injured reserve.