Vikings News: Report reveals Justin Jefferson's status for Monday night

The Minnesota Vikings are not expected to activate wide receiver Justin Jefferson for Monday's game

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

One of the latest Minnesota Vikings news headlines includes a report about the team's star wide receiver Justin Jefferson remaining inactive for Monday night

During the last few weeks, there has been plenty of Minnesota Vikings news related to the team's All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Well, on Monday, some more Jefferson news dropped when NFL Media's Tom Pelissero revealed that the Vikings are not going to activate the injured superstar for the team's game on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.

Instead, Minnesota will let Jefferson get some additional time to recover from an injured hamstring so that he can be healthy enough in time to get back onto the field when the team returns from their bye in Week 14.

Minnesota Vikings make the right call with Justin Jefferson

Even though the news may disappoint some of their fans, the Vikings resting Jefferson on Monday night is the right decision.

Minnesota has already proven multiple times during the last few weeks that they can win games without their No. 1 wide receiver, and they should be able to defeat the Bears inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday without him as well.

When the Vikings return from their bye in Week 14 to take on the Las Vegas Raiders, they will have five games left on their 2023 schedule. By resting Jefferson on Monday, Minnesota is making sure that they will have their top pass-catcher available for a push toward the playoffs in their final five matchups.

Losses by the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints this week, who are all in the hunt for a wild-card playoff spot, likely had an impact on the Vikings' decision about Jefferson as well.

So now, Minnesota will still be in a good position to earn a postseason berth this year, even if they lose to Chicago on Monday.

Jefferson hasn't appeared in a game for the Vikings since he originally injured his hamstring back in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.