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Justin Jefferson Leaves Vikings Game at Raiders with Chest Injury


LAS VEGAS — Justin Jefferson made his return to the Vikings lineup Sunday, but the star receiver left Minnesota's game at Las Vegas after making his second catch.

Jefferson secured a high pass over the middle from Joshua Dobbs for a gain of 15, but Raiders safety Marcus Epps, a former Viking, delivered a legal but crushing hit to Jefferson's chest.

Jefferson headed for the sideline and was evaluated before he was transported to a local hospital out of precaution.

His day ended with 9:10 remaining in the second quarter. His two catches for 27 yards on three targets led all Minnesota players in a scoreless first half.

It's been a tough fourth pro season for Jefferson, who missed the previous seven Vikings games because of a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Additionally, right tackle Brian O'Neill and running back Alexander Mattison each suffered ankle injuries.