Vikings’ Justin Jefferson Suffers Chest Injury but Early Reports Are Positive

by Sophia Chen
Justin Jefferson Injury

Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson was hospitalized following a chest injury sustained during the team’s shutout win against the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite the scare, Jefferson rejoined his team at Allegiant Stadium and traveled back with them.

Head Coach Kevin O’Connell expressed cautious optimism regarding Jefferson’s condition. “The initial reports about Justin are encouraging,” O’Connell noted. “Given the short time frame, we are closely monitoring his recovery process.”

The Vikings are scheduled to play against the Cincinnati Bengals this coming Saturday.

O’Connell disclosed that Jefferson underwent X-ray examinations to rule out any serious internal injuries. The injury occurred in the second quarter of the game.

O’Connell praised the medical team’s response, stating, “The medical staff did an exemplary job under the circumstances, ensuring we didn’t overlook any severe potential issues. Thankfully, it seems we have avoided any major concerns.”

Jefferson, the esteemed 2022 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was hit by safety Marcus Epps while catching a 15-yard pass. The contact, which did not result in a penalty for targeting a defenseless receiver, marked a rough return for Jefferson, who had missed seven games due to a hamstring injury.

While O’Connell did not comment on the lack of a penalty, he expressed his disappointment, especially considering the effort and significance of Jefferson’s return. “The play where the injury happened— a challenging catch over the middle on a crucial third down—shows who Justin Jefferson is.”

Before his injury, Jefferson surpassed a significant team record. He overtook Randy Moss’s record for the most receiving yards by a Vikings player in their first four seasons, now standing at 5,423 yards compared to Moss’s 5,396 yards from 1998-2001.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Justin Jefferson Injury

What happened to Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson?

Justin Jefferson was hospitalized due to a chest injury sustained during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders, but he has since rejoined his team and seems to be in stable condition.

How did Justin Jefferson get injured?

Jefferson was injured after receiving a hit to the chest from safety Marcus Epps while catching a pass during the second quarter of the game.

What is the current status of Justin Jefferson’s injury?

Initial reports post-hospital visit are encouraging. He underwent X-rays to rule out any serious internal injuries, and early indications suggest he avoided any significant damage.

Did Justin Jefferson make a record before his injury?

Yes, Jefferson made a team record by surpassing Randy Moss for the most receiving yards by a Vikings player in his first four seasons, reaching 5,423 yards.

Is there a scheduled game for the Vikings after Justin Jefferson’s injury?

Yes, the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on the upcoming Saturday. It’s being monitored how well Jefferson can recover before this game.

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RaiderNation4Life December 11, 2023 - 5:21 am

Not gonna lie, I was at the game and it looked bad. Hope Jefferson’s ok, respect to a great player.

VikingWarrior December 11, 2023 - 9:30 am

so he beats Moss’s record and then gets injured?? can’t catch a break.. get well soon JJ

TouchdownTom December 11, 2023 - 11:25 am

Did anyone see that catch before he got hit? Pure class, Jefferson’s on another lvl.

JennyFootballFan December 11, 2023 - 11:57 am

This is why the NFL needs to be stricter on hits, Jefferson’s a star player and he desreves better protection.

MikeD88 December 11, 2023 - 2:47 pm

wow, tough break for Jefferson.. really hope he recovers soon, the vikings need him bad!


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