Vikings Again List Justin Jefferson as Questionable for Week 12 vs. Bears

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings are dealing with a number of injuries heading into Week 12.

They currently have 10 players on the injured reserve list, one of which being star wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Ahead of Monday night’s game against the Bears, the Vikings have once again listed Jefferson as questionable on their final injury report.

Vikings List Justin Jefferson as Questionable for Week 12

Justin Jefferson
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

Three Vikings players were listed as questionable for the game: Jefferson, CB Akayleb Evans, and defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga.

Jefferson has been listed as questionable for three consecutive games since being designated to return from IR and having his 21-day practice window opened. The star receiver has not played since Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs when he injured his hamstring.

Getting Jefferson back in the lineup will be key for the Vikings as they make a second half push for a playoff berth, and they have a huge opportunity in front of them on Monday night. Both the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks have already lost this week, meaning Minnesota can take over the No. 6 seed in the NFC while also moving within 1.5 games of the Lions for the NFC North division if they win.

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Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) reacts with wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) after scoring his first career touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins (not pictured) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Evans has proven to be a strong option at the starting cornerback position this season, thus allowing the Vikings to improve towards being a top-15 defense this season. He missed last week’s game, and in his place, Mekhi Blackmon got the majority of the snaps.

Tonga’s presence as a questionable player is noticeable as well. Minnesota is scraping the bottom of their defensive line depth right now after Dean Lowry was the latest player to hit injured reserve. Tonga has served as the nose tackle for the Vikings this season, and while his role has been limited, he serves as a great run-stuffer in the middle of the d-line.

Tonga has played 99 defensive snaps this season, recording 7 tackles over the course of 8 games. He played a season-high 30 of these snaps against the Bears during their first matchup of the season in Week 6.

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Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA;Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga (95) against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings have until tomorrow afternoon to decide whether or not they will activate Jefferson for Monday’s game against Chicago.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM Central inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday, November 27th.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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