NFL Insider suggests Justin Jefferson could miss more than 4 games

Could the lack of an extension cause Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson to miss more time?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson / Cooper Neill/GettyImages
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On Tuesday, Minnesota Vikings fans woke up to the unfortunate news that the team will be placing superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson on their injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury, keeping him sidelined for a minimum of four games.

No one knows yet if Jefferson is going to only be out of action for four games or if he will need more time to recover from his injury.

After the news of Jefferson's injured reserve designation on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter speculated that the wide receiver still not agreeing to a contract extension with the Vikings could lead to him missing more than just four games this season.

Anything is possible, but judging from how Jefferson has conducted himself during his entire tenure with Minnesota, it's difficult to believe that he would sit out longer than four games if his injury has healed enough to play in order to gain some sort of leverage in an extension negotiation.

Let's not forget, Jefferson was not the one who was sidelined in training camp earlier this year with an "ear infection." The Vikings All-Pro wide receiver participated in the team's entire training camp this summer, despite not agreeing to a lucrative contract extension with the organization.

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So, could Jefferson use his time on injured reserve as a negotiating tactic for a new contract? Sure, again, anything is possible.

But Minnesota realizing how bad they miss him on the field during the next four weeks should be all the leverage the receiver needs to convince the team to give him a monster extension.

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