GettyKevin O’Connell and Josh Dobbs

Justin Jefferson Strikes Down Delayed Return After Vikings Slow Start GettyWide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the Carolina Panther at Bank of America Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson’s return from injury has been subject to some scrutiny.
After the Minnesota Vikings’ 1-4 start to the season, some pundits considered whether Jefferson would not want to risk his body without a lucrative contract extension in hand or his team in the playoff picture.
The 22-year-old star wide receiver put those theories to rest upon his return to practice on Wednesday after a four-week absence.
“That’s a no-brainer,” Jefferson said, referring to his desire to return no matter his team’s record.
“I will always want to play football, even if we don’t win games or if we win every game this season.
” The Vikings called off contract extension talks with the 2022 NFL Offensive Player of the Year in September, but the two sides have remained friendly since then.
Additionally, the idea that Jefferson would resign was inconsistent with the legacy he hoped to build.
“I love football.
I always said I wanted to be a Hall of Famer, so I couldn’t sit around and miss games just for fun or just because we weren’t doing well,” Jefferson said.
“I know I have an important role to play on this team and I know that every time I get a chance to be on that field, I want to make the most of those opportunities.
” The Vikings have won four straight games since Jefferson was placed on the injured reserve list following a hamstring injury in Week 5.
He is listed as questionable this week for the Week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.
“It all depends on how I feel and the strength of my hamstrings,” Jefferson said, according to the Star Tribune.
“Hamstrings are a difficult injury to treat simply because they are persistent and sometimes recur if you don’t get the right treatment.
“So the rest of the coaching staff in this building know my value on the field and they want me 100% – like me.
I don’t want to put in 80, 90% effort and risk getting injured again.
Day by day, like I said, and when that time comes, I will definitely be ready to hit the ground running.
Vikings’ Justin Jefferson promotes Josh Dobbs on the sideline for Week 9 return GettyJustin Jefferson celebrates a win during the Vikings’ 2022 season-opening win over the Green Bay Packers.
Although absent from the field, Jefferson still maintains a presence on the sidelines.
The Vikings star was captured on the sideline during new quarterback Josh Dobbs’ heroic return against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
Jefferson didn’t appreciate the idea of ​​returning to his practice, as he was there to support his teammates throughout his hamstring recovery.
“This is not much of a comeback,” Jefferson said.
“I’m always with the team.
Support will always be there.
I will always be there to support my teammates.
“I’m happy to be a leader on the team where you can’t say I’m just sitting at home and worrying about coming back,” Jefferson added.
I want to be there to support my teammates and be on the field.
Week 10 Vikings Underdog to Saints GettyKevin O’Connell and Josh Dobbs While Jefferson is likely to play against the Saints on Sunday, there are no reports that he is expected ​will compete.
The Vikings are considered 3-point underdogs to New Orleans on Sunday as both teams are in the playoff race,

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