Justin Jefferson injury update: Vikings WR out of hospital, traveling home with team after suffering chest injury

Justin Jefferson made his return to the Vikings in Week 14 after missing six games with a hamstring injury. It didn’t last long.

Jefferson exited the game after taking a hard hit from Raiders safety Marcus Epps in the first half. While Jefferson was able to hang onto the ball through the heavy contact, he reached for his back after going to the ground.

The veteran receiver then exited the field and headed to the sideline. Shortly thereafter, he went to the locker room.

Here’s what to know about the injury Jefferson suffered against the Raiders.

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Justin Jefferson injury update

The Vikings announced that Jefferson would not return to the game with a chest injury. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Jefferson was transported to the hospital out of precaution.

After the game, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell explained that the team wanted to rule out any significant internal injuries as part of their evaluation of Jefferson. He then provided encouraging news about Jefferson’s status, though he stopped short of providing a timetable for the receiver’s return.

“It looks like we avoided any significant thing there,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell also announced that Jefferson had been released from the hospital and would travel home with the team.

The news remained positive Monday, as O’Connell told reporters Jefferson is “day-to-day, hopefully with a good chance of playing” Saturday against the Bengals.  

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Jefferson recorded two catches for 27 yards in limited action before departing Sunday. The Vikings will be forced to look rely on their receiver depth as long as he remains out.

Jordan Addison will become the team’s de facto No. 1 receiver with Jefferson off the field while K.J. Osborn will slide into the No. 2 role. Brandon Powell will likely occupy the slot and will serve as the team’s No. 3 receiver.

Tight end T.J. Hockenson and running backs Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler will be relied upon more over the middle of the field with Jefferson sidelined as well.

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