Vikings update injury status of Justin Jefferson after Raiders game

Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson is dealing with a chest injury

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson / Ethan Miller/GettyImages
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson left the team's Week 14 game on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders with a chest injury.

After being sidelined for the last two months with a hamstring injury, Justin Jefferson finally got a chance to return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings during the team's Week 14 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Unfortunately for Jefferson, his return didn't last very long, as a chest injury in the second quarter forced him to head to the locker room. The Vikings All-Pro receiver didn't come back in the second half, and instead, he was transported to a local Las Vegas hospital for further evaluation.

Following Minnesota's win over the Raiders on Sunday, Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell shared the following about Jefferson's current health status.

"We wanted to rule out any potential complications from [Jefferson's injury], so he did go to a local hospital and get evaluated, and he has since returned, and he will travel home with us.

[I] feel pretty encouraged about the early news on Justin. Now we'll have to see, on a short week, how he's able to [recover] from this."

Week 15 status of Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson unknown

As O'Connell mentioned in his comments, Minnesota has a short week to prepare for their next game, which will take place next Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

It's possible that Jefferson could play against the Bengals, especially since O'Connell said he felt encouraged about the receiver's injury diagnosis. But Jefferson also might require more time on the sideline to prevent his newest injury from becoming more severe.

We'll likely know more in a few days when Minnesota returns to the practice field to prepare to take on a talented Bengals team.

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