Sun, 10 Dec 2023

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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

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