Minnesota Vikings fans were upset after learning the news that their star wide receiver and backup quarterback were placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
The Vikings revealed Justin Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. Earlier this week, the Vikings didn’t think Jefferson would be back in time to play the Chicago Bears in Week 6.
The Minnesota Vikings place WR and QB on IR
But they will have to wait much longer than Week 6 until they see Jefferson again. According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the Vikings placed Jefferson on injured reserve. They will be without Jefferson for their next four games.
The Vikings also placed backup quarterback Nick Mullens on the injured reserve.
In addition to Justin Jefferson being placed on injured reserve, Vikings’ QB Nick Mullens also was placed on IR due to a back injury that sidelined him in Week 5. Vikings signed QB Sean Mannion to their practice squad. https://t.co/5X9vpb1Jxw
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2023
Those moves are deflating for the Vikings’ options in the front office. With a 1-4 record, the Vikings should be sellers at the trade deadline with their best player, Jefferson, unable to play the next four games. Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins has been rumored to be on the trade market this season.
However, Mullens’ placement on injured reserve hurts the odds that Cousins can be traded. As Kevin Seifert with ESPN noted this week, the Vikings don’t have a good option to start if they deal Cousins with Mullens on injured reserve.
Minnesota Vikings fans respond to injured reserve news
Here are the best takes on Vikings fans being frustrated with news on Jefferson and Mullens.
— 𝓓 𝓡 𝓐 𝓒 𝓞💕 (@UpThaDraco) October 11, 2023
I was really hoping Vikings brought in colt McCoy yesterday because of a potential Kirk trade incoming, sad to see it’s cause of Sean mannion 😂
— Fausi (@thatguyfausi) October 11, 2023
When it rains…
— Brian schiel (@Brianschiel4) October 11, 2023
NOT SEAN MANNION PLEASE NO
— Mojo (@Mojo_12_) October 11, 2023
— Dale Hausman (@Dhausman20) October 11, 2023
This hurts… really bad. I’m
Hopeful the Vikings can make a comeback before his return. Get better @JJettas2 !! Take your time to get to 100%
— The Biceptual Barista – John (@JohnDunsmore8) October 11, 2023
Commit to the Tank! pic.twitter.com/Nuy58E2faD
— プレストン・ガドリング (@heKtikVGC) October 11, 2023
how does the backup go to the IR 💀
— Stoke (@WrldofStoke) October 11, 2023
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