Justin Jefferson has one streak in jeopardy with the Minnesota Vikings: consecutive games played.
He’s started in every regular-season game since 2021 and has played in all five 2023 contests. But could a hamstring ailment jeopardize that streak?
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Latest News on Vikings WR Justin Jefferson’s Availability
Per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the All-Pro wide receiver could miss some significant time. And it could mean one entire month and possibly beyond.
“Doctors believe Justin Jefferson’s hamstring injury will sideline the Minnesota Vikings’ star for four to six weeks, and the All-Pro receiver will undergo imaging tests in four weeks to help determine when he can return, per sources,” Schefter posted on X.
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Jefferson began to feel pain in his hamstring during the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 8 in Minneapolis. He managed to catch three passes for 28 yards on six targets in the 27-20 loss.
In 2023, Jefferson has caught 36 passes for 571 yards and has scored three times. He’s currently tied for sixth in the NFL in receptions but third in receiving yards behind Puka Nacua of the Los Angeles Rams and Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins.
Who Will Step Up for the Vikings?
With Jefferson now expected to be out for up to six weeks, it’s likely going to mean a heavy emphasis on rookie Jordan Addison moving forward.
Addison currently has 19 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He’s put together a pair of six-catch games for Minnesota which includes last week’s loss to the Chiefs. Addison is yet to deliver his first 100-yard NFL game. But with Jefferson out, he’s likely the WR1 moving forward.
Tight end T.J. Hockneson is the second-leading receiver on the Vikes with 30 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota additionally has to find its way out of its current 1-4 slump that has them tied for the worst record among NFC North teams with the Chicago Bears.