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Justin Jefferson dealing with turf toe in Week 11 vs. Cowboys

We break down the news that Justin Jefferson has a toe injury. What it means for Week 11 and beyond.

Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on November 6, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Sunday PM Update: Jefferson is reportedly dealing with a mild case of turf toe. He has said that it won’t limit or affect his play, but it is certainly something to monitor. If Jefferson aggravates his injury, he could miss some time as healing from turf toe could take anywhere from one week to six months, depending on the grade of injury.


Friday PM Update: Jefferson has progressed through the week and is off the injury report. He is expected to play on Sunday and shouldn’t have any limitations. Jefferson is coming off a game where he had an early candidate for catch of the year. He will look to pull off some more highlight plays this weekend against a tough Cowboys defense.


Thursday update: Jefferson was once again limited in practice on Thursday. It seems unlikely to cost him the game, but it’s something that might slow him a little on Sunday. Of course, a slightly reduced Jefferson is still better than most wide receivers in the NFL.

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off the game of the year against the Buffalo Bills that saw them clinch an impressive overtime win. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson came down with an insane grab that helped spark the offense needed to solidify the victory. Jefferson did pop up on the team’s injury report on Wednesday, as he was limited in practice with a toe injury. The Vikings are set to play the Dallas Cowboys in a big NFC matchup.

Fantasy football implications for Week 11

Jefferson has been a star fantasy football wide receiver. He has 69 receptions on 100 targets for 1,060 yards and four touchdowns. He and quarterback Kirk Cousins have been on the same page the entire season, and he is a must-start any week that he is active, regardless of the matchup.

If Jefferson sits, the biggest beneficiary will be Adam Thielen, who should see an increased target share. New teammate tight end TJ Hockenson would also see an uptick in work. If you are in deeper leagues, you can take a shot on K.J. Osborn as a flex, but you would have to be pretty desperate.