Vikings News: Kevin O'Connell shares a Justin Jefferson update

Is Justin Jefferson on track to return to the Minnesota Vikings in three weeks?
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson / David Berding/GettyImages

Kevin O'Connell shared some Minnesota Vikings news on Friday when he provided an update on the current health of the team's star receiver, Justin Jefferson.

Justin Jefferson being placed on injured reserve last week due to a hamstring injury was arguably the biggest piece of Minnesota Vikings news since the start of the 2023 season.

The designation requires Jefferson to sit out at least four games, and he still has three more weeks left until he becomes eligible to get back on the field for the Vikings.

When he eventually does become eligible to return, will Minnesota's star wide receiver be healthy enough to play again without the significant risk of re-injury?

Vikings News: Kevin O'Connell provides an update on Justin Jefferson

Since Jefferson isn't required to speak to the media while he's on injured reserve, no one has really been able to find out if his rehab process has been going well or not since he was put on the shelf last week.

Well, on Friday, Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell appeared on "The Rich Eisen Show" and he gave everyone an update on Jefferson.

"He's doing really well. I know he feels maybe a lot better than he initially thought he would, just from an overall feeling standpoint. But, it doesn't surprise me, he's one of the most gifted, special athletes I've ever been around."

Judging by what O'Connell shared, it sounds like Jefferson's injured hamstring probably isn't as severe as it was believed to be when he first suffered the injury in Week 5.

It seems like the recovery process is going well for the young Minnesota wide receiver. But when it comes to preserving the health of the best player on their roster, the Vikings are still likely going to take extra precautions with him, especially when it gets closer to when he can return to the field in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.

Will Minnesota be back in the playoff hunt by the time Jefferson is ready to come back, or will the season still be heading in the wrong direction for Minnesota when the All-Pro wide receiver is healthy enough to return?