Vikings’ Justin Jefferson hits referee in the back with helmet in frustrating loss

The Packers got the better of Justin Jefferson on Sunday, and Jefferson’s own emotions got the better of him as well.

With six minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​threw his second pick of the game to Green Bay’s Adrian Amos. As Amos got locked out of bounds, Jefferson ripped off his helmet and threw it away. The face mask caught the official on the shoulder and Jefferson’s forearm hit him in the back.

The referee didn’t seem hurt. It certainly could have been worse. If Jefferson had hit the official with the crown of the helmet inches above the shoulder, we could have had a very different discussion right now.

Fortunately, that didn’t happen.

Jefferson had reason to be frustrated, even if his way of expressing it was wrong. The star receiver had just 15 yards on a reception after going for 284 yards on nine catches the first time the Vikings faced the Packers.


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