MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson reportedly won't return to the field until after the team's bye week.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Jefferson will not be activated ahead of the Vikings'with the Chicago Bears. The Vikings later confirmed that Jefferson has been downgraded to out.
This will mark the seventh game Jefferson has missed since suffering a hamstring injury in early October. He went on injured reserve andearlier this month. The Vikings and Jefferson have maintained since his injury they would and hold him out until he is back to 100%. Pelissero said Jefferson is "expected to be 100% after the bye" and will likely play against the Las Vegas Raiders Dec. 10.
The Vikings do need to add Jefferson to the active roster by Wednesday — 21 days from his return to practice — or he will revert to IR for the remainder of the season.
Before his injury, Jefferson was averaging 7.2 catches and 114.2 yards a game. When he does return, he'll be playing with a new quarterback (), a retooled offensive line and a surging No. 2 in Jordan Addison.
Last week, Jefferson took to social media towho have criticized him for his absence.
The Vikings have won five of the six games Jefferson has missed so far. Ahead of the Bears game, they sit at second in the NFC North with a 6-5 record.
As of the latest injury report, the only other notable Vikings carrying injury statuses into Monday night's game are cornerback Akayleb Evans and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga. Both are listed as questionable.
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