We're officially closer to seeing Justin Jefferson back in a Vikings uniform

As the team heads into their bye, the Minnesota Vikings have removed Justin Jefferson from injured reserve

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson / David Berding/GettyImages

A day after their loss to the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings have added All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson back to their active roster.

One of the most impressive aspects about the Minnesota Vikings finding a way to get back in the playoff picture during the last few weeks has been the fact that they have been able to do it without the help of superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring back in Week 5, and the Vikings have taken a cautious approach to his recovery process.

But on Tuesday, Minnesota made the announcement that their No. 1 wide receiver has been removed from injured reserve, and he has been added back to the team's active roster.

Will the return of Justin Jefferson get things back on track for the Minnesota Vikings?

As much as the Vikings were able to initially have success without Jefferson on the field, the team has struggled in their last two games, and both contests have resulted in losses for the purple and gold.

So, hopefully, his return can provide a bit of a spark for Minnesota during the final five games on their schedule.

Despite Tuesday's activation, we will still have to wait a little less than two weeks to actually see Jefferson back on the field with the Vikings. Minnesota has a bye next week, so their next game isn't until Sunday, December 10th, against the Las Vegas Raiders.

We also don't know which Vikings quarterback will be throwing to Jefferson during his first appearance back, as Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell revealed on Tuesday that Josh Dobbs, Nick Mullens, and rookie Jaren Hall are all in contention to start against the Raiders in Week 14.

In order to make room for Jefferson on their roster, the Vikings also waived wide receiver N'Keal Harry on Tuesday. In addition, Minnesota released quarterback Sean Mannion from their practice squad as well.