Vikings list star receiver Justin Jefferson as questionable once again

There’s still nothing definitive regarding star Justin Jefferson as the Vikings prepare to host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. He was officially listed as questionable heading into the prime-time game as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since last month.

Asked for clarity on the situation, head coach Kevin O’Connell refused to tip his hand. He reiterated  the 24-year-old receiver wouldn’t play until he’s 100 percent, then deferred to the medical staff.

“I’m lucky I don’t have to make that call,” O’Connell said. “My role in this is making sure the communication between the medical staff, our trainers, Justin, and myself is top notch and everybody’s on the same page minute to minute.”

The good news for Jefferson is that he took more reps in practice this week, reaching top speeds while running routes, and rotating in and out during team drills. He’s been steadily progressing since suffering the hamstring injury Oct. 8 during a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Vikings opened up the 21-day practice window for Jefferson on Nov. 8, giving themselves a deadline to activate him from injured reserve.

“We want to find that balance where we’re not pushing him potentially too far, too soon,” O’Connell said. “He’s been great in every facet of his rehab. It’s been good to see him back in the huddle with the guys. I know everybody’s pretty fired up for when we get him back.”

The fact the Vikings have a bye week coming up will likely play a role in the decision. If they decide to sit Jefferson against the Bears, their next game isn’t until Dec. 10 at the Las Vegas Raiders.

“I feel the frustration,” O’Connell said. “That’s not going to change the fact that we’re going to do what’s best for Justin.”


Aside from Jefferson, the Vikings listed cornerback Akayleb Evans (calf) and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga (knee) as questionable ahead of the game. Meanwhile, quarterback Nick Mullens (back), quarterback Jaren Hall (concussion), tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) and linebacker Brian Asamoah II (ankle) do not have injury designations.

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