Jan 7, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) misses a pass in the end zone against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson among stars of Netflix’s ‘Receiver’

Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson and three other big-name pass catchers are starring in Netflix’s docuseries called “Receiver,” the streaming service announced Tuesday.

The star wideouts of the Las Vegas Raiders and Minnesota Vikings, respectively, will be joined by the San Francisco 49ers duo of Deebo Samuel and George Kittle as well as Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.

The eight-episode series is scheduled to start in the summer.

“Receiver” is a continuation of Netflix’s relationship with the NFL that first began with “Quarterback” in 2023. The production is a joint endeavor with NFL Films, Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions and Patrick Mahomes’ 2PM Productions.

“The natural progression is from a pass to a catch, so we’re excited to dive into the ‘Receiver’ world after the success of our ‘Quarterback’ series,” Netflix executive Gabe Spitzer said. “NFL Films, Omaha Productions and 2PM Productions have delivered again in finding unique and dynamic athletes who will further highlight the drama of this sport on and off the field.”

Manning said he was “excited” to give fans a closer look at some of the best receivers in the NFL.

“As we did with ‘Quarterback,’ we look forward to telling the stories of five incredible receivers, each with their unique personality, skillset and motivation for what drives them to be the best.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson questionable vs. Bengals

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson is listed as questionable to play in Saturday’s game against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Jefferson sustained a chest injury in Minnesota’s 3-0 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday while making a 15-yard catch across the middle on a pass from Josh Dobbs. Jefferson leaped for a high pass, and while both of his arms were raised, he absorbed a hard hit on the back right side of his ribs from Raiders safety Marcus Epps.

Jefferson, however, was a full participant in practice on Thursday after being limited in each of the previous two days.

While Jefferson and guard Chris Reed (illness) are questionable to play on Saturday, the Vikings ruled out running back Alexander Mattison (ankle), offensive tackle Brian O’Neill (ankle) and wide receiver Jalen Nailor (concussion).

Ty Chandler is expected to assume the starting role on Saturday in place of Mattison, who has a team-leading 660 yards rushing in 13 games this season.

Chandler has rushed for 203 yards and one touchdown, with 13 receptions for 90 yards.

David Quessenberry will be inserted into the lineup in place of O’Neill, who had yet to miss a start this season after recovering from offseason Achilles surgery.

Jefferson has 38 catches for 598 yards and three touchdowns in six games this season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson day-to-day; no QB1 named for Week 15

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is day-to-day with a chest injury, in a positive turn of events after the wide receiver went to a Las Vegas hospital for testing Sunday night.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said there is optimism about Jefferson’s availability Saturday when Minnesota faces the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s an opportunity for Jefferson to square off with former LSU teammate and Bengals standout wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Which quarterback might be at the controls for the Vikings also is uncertain.

O’Connell said the official assessment of Jefferson after testing is, “day-to-day, hopefully with a good chance of playing with us in Cincinnati.”

Jefferson was injured while making a 15-yard catch across the middle on a pass from Josh Dobbs. Jefferson leaped for a high pass, and while both of his arms were raised, he absorbed a hard hit on the back right side of his ribs from Raiders safety Marcus Epps.

Dobbs finished the game on the bench with Nick Mullens taking his spot in the fourth quarter of a 0-0 tie. Minnesota walked away with a 3-0 victory on a field goal with under two minutes remaining.

Minnesota’s quarterback duo barely kept the offense warm in a win that sent O’Connell back to review his options for the second time in three weeks, including the bye in Week 13. He did not name a starting quarterback against the Bengals.

The injury prompted an early exit for Jefferson, who was playing for the first time in eight games. He sustained a right hamstring injury in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jefferson averaged 135.8 receiving yards per game through his first four games of the season.

The NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2022, Jefferson finished Sunday’s game with two catches for 27 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Vikings WR Justin Jefferson likely to sit MNF, return post-bye

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is not expected to be active Monday night for the team’s NFC North matchup with the Chicago Bears.

According to multiple reports, Jefferson and the Vikings are exercising extreme caution to guard against re-injury with the benefit of almost two weeks before Minnesota next would play a game: Dec. 10 at the Las Vegas Raiders.

Jefferson returned to practice Nov. 8 but has been limited, primarily participating in position drills and running some routes at less than full speed. He said he would make the final call on his status each week, then was inactive for the Vikings’ 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday that part of the math Minnesota was compelled to consider was the “free” rest week that follows the Week 12 game against the Bears.

The Vikings enter their bye week starting Tuesday, allowing extra cushion for any decision on the status of Jefferson, who remains in the 21-day window to return to the active roster from injured reserve.

Jefferson, 24, was injured in the Vikings’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns this season.

He was a first-team All-Pro last season when he led the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 yards.

–Field Level Media

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell and wide receiver Justin Jefferson could be inclined to take another week to decide his status. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings to be ‘smart’ with WR Justin Jefferson next week

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson remains day-to-day with a hamstring injury and is considered questionable one week before the team returns to the field against the Chicago Bears.

“We do have to be smart,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday.

Jefferson returned to practice last week but was limited, primarily participating in position drills and running some routes at less than full speed. He said he would make the final call on his status each week, then was inactive for the Vikings’ 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

O’Connell said part of the math Minnesota is doing involves the bye week that follows its Week 12 division game with Chicago. The bye provides an extra cushion for any decision on the status of Jefferson, who remains in the 21-day window to return from injured reserve.

Jefferson, 24, was injured in the Vikings’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson questionable for Sunday night at Broncos

Vikings All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson is questionable to play at Denver when Minnesota meets the Broncos on Sunday night.

Jefferson said Thursday after participating in individual drills in practice that the final call on his game status would be his to make. He remains in the 21-day window to return from injured reserve and last played Oct. 8. He said he wouldn’t play until he’s 100 percent healthy.

“Well, I’m the main person who’s gonna make the decision,” Jefferson told reporters. “At the end of the day, I’m the person that’s going out there running, putting my body on the line to win games.”

Kevin O’Connell sounded less than optimistic about Jefferson’s return this week.

“He was listed as limited, and that’s what I would classify him as,” O’Connell said Friday after practice.

Jefferson, 24, was injured in the Vikings’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 36 catches for 571 yards and three TDs this season.

While he was sidelined, the Vikings lost quarterback Kirk Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury but haven’t lost a game. They have put together five consecutive wins.

The Vikings (6-4) are 2-0 since Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback after injuries to Cousins and rookie Jaren Hall, who was ruled out for Week 11 at Denver. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

Starting running back Alexander Mattison (concussion) is also questionable for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson draws closer to return from injury

Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson is trending toward making his return to the lineup from a hamstring injury this Sunday at Denver.

Jefferson was a limited participant at practice Thursday for the second straight day.

Minnesota opened Jefferson’s 21-day window to return from injured reserve last week. Jefferson, who has not played since Oct. 8, said then that he wouldn’t return to the field until he felt 100 percent, and he underscored that stance in comments Thursday.

“Well, I’m the main person who’s gonna make the decision,” Jefferson told reporters. “At the end of the day, I’m the person that’s going out there running, putting my body on the line to win games.”

Jefferson, 24, suffered the hamstring injury during a Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 36 catches for 571 yards and three TDs this season.

He said he is working on building up his endurance day by day, hoping for minimal soreness in the hamstring as he increases what he does at practice. Jefferson had previously explained that hamstring injuries can linger, “and it comes back from time to time if you don’t put the right treatment into it.”

The Vikings (6-4) have won five straight and are 2-0 since Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback following injuries to Kirk Cousins and rookie Jaren Hall. They are just 1 1/2 games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North race.

Coach Kevin O’Connell said Wednesday that his star wideout was in “that day-to-day, ramping-him-up phase,” and the team would determine whether he could be activated in time for the Broncos game.

“I know how I feel. I know how my hamstring is feeling,” Jefferson said. “Of course, we’re going to weigh all the different opinions and what everyone has to say. But at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s going out there and putting my body on the line.”

Dobbs is on the team’s injury report with an ankle issue but practiced in full Wednesday and Thursday. Cornerback Akayleb Evans (calf) missed practice for the second straight day. Tight end T.J. Hockenson (ribs) and running back Alexander Mattison (concussion) were limited.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings not playing WR Justin Jefferson until he’s 100 percent

The Minnesota Vikings and Justin Jefferson are waiting until the star wide receiver feels 100 percent before he returns to game action.

Jefferson told reporters Thursday he did not intend to rush back, and the team stands by his desire to treat his injured hamstring with caution.

“The hamstring is a difficult injury just because it lingers and it comes back from time to time if you don’t put the right treatment into it,” Jefferson said in his first comments since his injury.

“The guys and the rest of the coaching staff in this building know my worth on the field and they want me at 100 percent, as I do as well. I don’t want to go out there at 80 or 90 percent and have the chance of hurting it again. It’s just day-to-day, and when that time comes, I’ll definitely be ready to step out there.”

Jefferson returned to practice Wednesday as Minnesota opened the 21-day window for him to return from injured reserve. If he is not added to the active roster in that window, he must remain on IR for the rest of the season.

Jefferson, 24, suffered the hamstring injury during a Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Vikings are 5-4 despite not having Kirk Cousins, Nick Mullens or rookie Jaren Hall available at quarterback. Recently acquired QB Joshua Dobbs led the Vikings to a comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons last week.

Whether the Vikings remain in the playoff hunt — they’re just 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for the NFC North lead — or tumble out of contention won’t affect Jefferson’s desire to return, he said.

“I’m always going to want to play football, whether we didn’t win a game or if we had won every single game this season,” Jefferson said.

The reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year had 36 receptions for 571 yards and three touchdowns in five games before his injury. He led the league last year in catches (128) and receiving yards (1,809), scoring nine total touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson ‘down’ as team awaits test results

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson is hurting in more ways than one.

Head coach Kevin O’Connell said on Monday the Vikings are in a holding pattern awaiting MRI test results to determine the severity of a hamstring injury that forced Jefferson out of Minnesota’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

O’Connell said Jefferson, who has 36 receptions for 571 yards and three touchdowns after five games in 2023, is “down” at the moment because of his competitive nature.

“We’re going to do what’s best for Justin and make sure we give him the treatment and plan that is a big picture positive for him,” O’Connell said.

The NFL’s third-leading receiver this season behind Tyreek Hill of the Dolphins and Puka Nacua of the Rams has never missed a game in his career.

O’Connell said the Vikings plan to solicit multiple opinions on treatment and a timeline to return, which will delay the relay of information from the team on the extent of the injury.

“There will probably be a couple different opinions on it. We’ve got to get the MRI of it and take look and find out exactly what it is, where it is, if there’s any other factors that go into it and determine what the best decision for him to get him back to 100 percent as fast as possible,” O’Connell said. “He’s down today. He obviously is one of the most ultra-competitors I’ve ever met, and shoot, he was trying to go back in the game as it was (Sunday).

“So we’re going to have to medically make a good decision and help kind of almost protect him from himself a little bit in a way where we’ve got to take care of him and get him back to 100 percent.”

Rookie first-round pick Jordan Addison is likely to assume a larger role in the offense with Jefferson on the shelf.

Addison had six receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown against the Chiefs and has 19 receptions for 249 yards this season. Tight end T.J. Hockenson is second on the team in receptions (30-254-2).

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said there’s an obvious concern without Jefferson in the offense but voiced a positive outlook for Addison this week and beyond.

“Jordan’s the real deal,” Cousins said. “We hit on that draft pick. He’s a great player, he’s the real deal.”

–Field Level Media

Mar 4, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana???Lafayette wide receiver Michael Jefferson (WO27) participates in drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

WR Michael Jefferson, an NFL draft prospect, out of hospital

Louisiana wide receiver Michael Jefferson, an NFL draft prospect who was seriously injured in a car accident on April 9 and required multiple surgeries, was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Police said Jefferson was hit head-on by an impaired driver, 55-year-old Michael Dunn, and then hit by a third car in Mobile County, Alabama. Dunn died at the scene.

Considered before the accident as a potential middle-round pick in the NFL draft on April 27-29 in Kansas City, Jefferson is expected to miss the 2023 season but could play in 2024. Attorney Brad Sohn released a statement to ESPN on Wednesday on behalf of Jefferson and his family.

“A drunk driver tragically hit my client, Michael Jefferson, on Easter night,” Sohn wrote. “Michael would not have made it this far without being a fighter and remains in good spirits under the circumstances. He still has optimism that — even as he continues to undergo a grueling rehabilitation — he can have an outstanding NFL career. We believe that optimism is well-founded and hope a team still will select this terrific young man and great football player. Finally, we’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that, in today’s age of Uber and Lyft, there is absolutely no reason to drive impaired.”

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jefferson had 51 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022. He caught 29 total touchdowns in his college career, which included three seasons at Alabama State and the past two for Louisiana.

Jefferson was invited to the Scouting Combine in February and ran a 4.56-second time in the 40-yard dash with a 37-inch vertical.

–Field Level Media