Vikings rule out Charles Johnson, may not have Jarius Wright

AP

The Vikings could take the field in Denver without two of their wide receivers on Sunday.

The team has ruled out starter Charles Johnson because of the rib injury that has kept him from practicing this week. Johnson played just a handful of snaps against the Chargers in last week’s 31-14 victory and had one catch, which leaves him with six on the season.

Johnson’s absence will likely mean that fifth-round pick Stefon Diggs is active for the first time in his rookie season. Diggs could see a fair amount of playing time if Jarius Wright also winds up on the inactive list. Wright is dealing with a hand injury and reports early in the week were that he’d miss a week or two while recovering, but he was able to practice on Friday and drew a questionable tag for Sunday’s game.

Mike Wallace will start at one receiver spot for the Vikings this weekend with Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson options to join him in prominent roles on offense.

80 responses to “Vikings rule out Charles Johnson, may not have Jarius Wright

  1. Wishing Johnson all the best. I do have a soft spot for this guy after he was able to escape Green Bay without any weight gain. It shows how tough his mental makeup is.

  2. doesn’t the NFL realize that most people have to turn in their office football pool picks on Thursday due to the Thursday night game?

    They need to change the rule so that teams must declare who is and isn’t playing by, say, 4pm eastern time on Thursday, so we have the most pertinent information possible.

  3. Calling these guys ‘Receivers’ would imply they’ve actually caught a pass. That simply isn’t possible with Bridgewater at the helm. Have you ever seen a second year starter with worse mechanics than him… besides Tebow?

  4. vikesr4reel says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:21 PM

    This game is going to be a cakewalk….
    NEXT!!!
    ———

    Hey, a Vikings fan finally says something accurate!!

    ….Oh wait, he wasn’t talking about it being an easy win for the Broncos? Knew it was too good to be true…

  5. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:30 PM
    doesn’t the NFL realize that most people have to turn in their office football pool picks on Thursday due to the Thursday night game?

    They need to change the rule so that teams must declare who is and isn’t playing by, say, 4pm eastern time on Thursday, so we have the most pertinent information possible.
    _________________________________________
    Or maybe just turn in the Thursday game only on Thursday and the rest of the games turn in on Friday. I know, Common Sense…….

  6. Patterson is the last receiver name mentioned in the entire article, heck even Thielen is listed ahead of him …
    Just think about that Vikings, What a draft bust he is…

  7. WR’s aren’t as critical when your QB can’t throw more than 5 yards downfield. Teddy can check down with the best of them and now let’s see what happens when they face a defense that knows how to stop the run.

  8. I wouldn’t be surprised to see CP84 have a great game. Once the ball is in his hands, he makes great things happen. WR screens. Hand offs. Reverses. I get the feeling Norv is going to dial something up here.

    BTW, I couldn’t care less about Teddy’s stats. Come Monday morning, wake up with a 3-1 record. It doesn’t matter how it got that way.

    10-6 in 2015
    11-5 in 2016
    12-4 in 2017
    Superbowl in 2018

  9. This is a chance for Patterson to show that he can do something as a receiver. If he could take a bubble screen for a TD, that would really help. Also, he’s going to need to run block because there won’t be a lot of passing.

  10. I was going to be hard pressed to name a starting WR for the Vikings, and then i saw Mike Wallace’s name what lol, that mercenary plays for the Queens now. This game should be a blow out right vikes4reel SKOLOLL

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:28 PM
    Wishing Johnson all the best. I do have a soft spot for this guy after he was able to escape Green Bay without any weight gain. It shows how tough his mental makeup is.
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    Comment AND username of the year! Bravo Sir lol

  12. The Vikes have one of the deepest receiving corps in the league.

    Our possible replacements: A former OROTY finalist, a rookie 4th who has looked great that hasn’t even been able to touch the field yet, and a solid slot that no one has heard of-yet… We are FAAAAR from worried.

  13. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:30 PM

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    A) do you really think the NFL cares at all about your office pool?

    B) why the heck would you be taking Charles Johnson in any pool regardless?

  14. Down two receivers? Big deal. Next man up, Butter Cup! This is professional football.

    On Monday night the Pack was without their #1 and #3 receivers for the entire game as well as their starting TE and the #4 receiver missed a good portion of the game. Aaron Rodgers still threw for 333 yards, 5 TDs and 0 picks, which resulted in a passer rating of 138.5.

  15. Time for Spielman to scan the waiver wire for any former Green Bay receivers that might be out there.

    The Vikings belong in a Geico commercial:

    “If you’re the Minnesota Vikings, you sign Packer rejects. It’s what you do”.

  16. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:25 PM
    Down two receivers? Big deal. Next man up, Butter Cup! This is professional football.
    ————
    It’s a run first offense anyway. I have no idea of Stefan Diggs knows the playbook yet, but the rookie has outstanding athletic skills. Surely Diggs or Patterson can catch a wide receiver screen or an end around.

    I’m not all that concerned.

  17. doe22us says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:17 PM
    I was going to be hard pressed to name a starting WR for the Vikings, and then i saw Mike Wallace’s name what lol, that mercenary plays for the Queens now. This game should be a blow out right vikes4reel SKOLOLL
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    All your post did was tell us you don’t watch much football.

  18. whatjusthapped says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:09 PM
    WR’s aren’t as critical when your QB can’t throw more than 5 yards downfield. Teddy can check down with the best of them and now let’s see what happens when they face a defense that knows how to stop the run.
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    Defenses have known AP was getting the ball since his rookie season. And nobody has been able to stop him yet. So….that’s a lot of talk, but we will see the results.

    Also, your posts would be more believable if you sprinkled in a little truth now and again. Or, at least try to be funny while you are lying.

  19. coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 3:37 PM
    Calling these guys ‘Receivers’ would imply they’ve actually caught a pass. That simply isn’t possible with Bridgewater at the helm. Have you ever seen a second year starter with worse mechanics than him… besides Tebow?
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    Yes, Aaron Rodgers. Which is why it took him 4 years and 3 of McCarthy’s “QB Gauntlet Camps” to get him ready. Otherwise, he was on his way to being another Tedford-NFL bust.

    Teddy is light-years ahead of him at this point in his career.

  20. The over/under on this game is going to be about 10. The Vikes are down receivers, and the Bronco OLine is a mess. Their LT is out, the RT is moving to LT, Mathis is playing through a hammy, Vasquez (RG) is playing with a knee injury. RT is a backup. The center has started three games. The Vikings o-line is down two starters, but at least have been playing that way for a few games.

    Vikings D has allowed 16.7 ppg. Broncos D has allowed 16.3 ppg. Both D’s are full strength (I think.)

    Vikings have played 49ers, Lions, Chargers. (2-7)
    Broncos have played Ravens, Chiefs, Lions. (2-8)

  21. Tee hee. Viking fans are so cute in the first month of the season when they think they’re still relevant. Pretty soon they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs and back to their usual off season championship form. Looks like a 5-11 or 6-10 season for Minny to me. If you Viking fans would stop listening to Paul Allen’s duckies and bunnies show, you might learn something about football.

  22. davikes says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:56 PM
    The over/under on this game is going to be about 10. The Vikes are down receivers, and the Bronco OLine is a mess. Their LT is out, the RT is moving to LT, Mathis is playing through a hammy, Vasquez (RG) is playing with a knee injury. RT is a backup. The center has started three games. The Vikings o-line is down two starters, but at least have been playing that way for a few games.

    Vikings D has allowed 16.7 ppg. Broncos D has allowed 16.3 ppg. Both D’s are full strength (I think.)

    Vikings have played 49ers, Lions, Chargers. (2-7)
    Broncos have played Ravens, Chiefs, Lions. (2-8)
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    Sweet!! Please tell me it’s supposed to be a down pour with high winds as well!

  23. conormacleod says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:40 PM

    Defenses have known AP was getting the ball since his rookie season. And nobody has been able to stop him yet.

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    Conor, allow me to let you in on a little secret. Your Vikings are 63-67-1 since drafting Peterson, including 1-12-1 against the Packers. In other words… owned.

    What makes you think that anybody outside of Minnesota wants to stop Peterson? Every team in the league is perfectly happy to let Peterson pad his personal stats while they curb-stomp your Vikings.

    The BEST part of it is how you guys want to thump your chests and crow about it when AP runs for 250 yards in yet another 20 point loss.

  24. “Sweet!! Please tell me it’s supposed to be a down pour with high winds as well!”

    Lol, no. 67 and cloudy. At least Rudolf shouldn’t lose any balls in the sun.

  25. mark1021 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 5:07 PM
    Tee hee. Viking fans are so cute in the first month of the season when they think they’re still relevant. Pretty soon they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs and back to their usual off season championship form. Looks like a 5-11 or 6-10 season for Minny to me. If you Viking fans would stop listening to Paul Allen’s duckies and bunnies show, you might learn something about football.
    ——-
    First off, you sound like a teenage girl. So stop it.
    Second, I’ll go ahead and hang to your prediction of the Vikings finishing up 3-10 the rest of the way. It’s not worth talking about right now.

  26. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 2, 2015 5:17 PM
    conormacleod says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:40 PM

    Defenses have known AP was getting the ball since his rookie season. And nobody has been able to stop him yet.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Conor, allow me to let you in on a little secret. Your Vikings are 63-67-1 since drafting Peterson,
    ————
    Your buddy said the Broncos would stop AP. Plain and simple. Try to stay on topic. The Broncos won’t. Also plain and simple.

    The Vikings are also 3-1 when Teddy and AP are on the same team. I know you like talking about the good ole days when Ponder and Webb were on the team. But I’ve moved on.

  27. but the defense is healthy and ready to roll, right?
    ok then. lets play.

    yea. we gotta go up against their defense. but manning also has to go behind that o-line against our defense.

  28. You said “nobody has been able to stop AP” and I was pointing out to you that nobody wants to stop him. He can have all the padded stats he wants while his “team” is getting throttled.

  29. Vikes will be just fine. Patterson and Diggs are more physically gifted than Johnson and Wright. So as long as they can limit the mental mistakes, there will be absolutely no loss in WR production.

  30. Ah, if Peterson is so unstoppable, how many playoff games have the Vikings won with this unstoppable RB?

    Answer; one vs. the Cowboys when BrINT Favre was the qb.

    Then they promptly lost the next weekend when Peterson fumbled 3 times, the Vikings outgained the Saints by well over 200 yards and BrINT lived up to his legacy by throwing one of the worst INT’s in the history of pro football.

  31. conormacleod says:
    Oct 2, 2015 5:32 PM

    mark1021 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 5:07 PM
    Tee hee. Viking fans are so cute in the first month of the season when they think they’re still relevant. Pretty soon they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs and back to their usual off season championship form. Looks like a 5-11 or 6-10 season for Minny to me. If you Viking fans would stop listening to Paul Allen’s duckies and bunnies show, you might learn something about football.
    ——-
    First off, you sound like a teenage girl. So stop it.
    Second, I’ll go ahead and hang to your prediction of the Vikings finishing up 3-10 the rest of the way. It’s not worth talking about right now.
    —————-
    I agree. It’s just that I’ve listened to the Viking fans troll the Packers for 50 years when they’ve never won anything. The 3rd post on this story spouted off about Green Bay, thereby inviting Packer fans to respond. I’ve listened to PA’s show and while I understand he’s the Viking radio announcer, he has zero objectivity. A few years ago all he could gush about was “the era of the Christian (Ponder)” and we all know how that worked out for you. I’ve gone to games both in Green Bay and Minnesota. Generally, both fanbases just have fun and enjoy themselves, but a few have to get nasty. Both Viking fans and Packer fans need to stop trolling and be a lot more civil.

  32. Mark- there are 51 comments on this story. 32 are from Packer trolls. 9 from the same one.

    This happens every single Viking story. It has destroyed the comment section.

  33. To all these Packer fans…or whoever keeps posting these negative comments: You would be better off commenting on your favorite boy band fan site. You are only making yourself look dumb. While the Vikings may not have a true dominant Julio Jones-type receiver, their receiving corps is among the deepest in the league. Guys like Diggs, Wright, and Patterson are buried on their depth chart and would be a solid #2 or even a #1 receiver on some teams…Baltimore for example. Also, make fun of Teddy all you want. His stats are lackluster, but with the way AD has been running the last two games, he hasn’t been asked to do much. Vikes jumped to early leads, which if you understood anything, you’d realize that means ball control offense and keep handing the ball to AD.

  34. skolvikes says:
    Oct 2, 2015 7:06 PM

    Mark- there are 51 comments on this story. 32 are from Packer trolls. 9 from the same one.

    This happens every single Viking story. It has destroyed the comment section.
    ————–
    I agree. However, in the same way, 2 of the first 4 comments on the Davante Adams story were from Viking fans.

  35. I agree with you there are trolls on both sides. These are 2 very similar stories.

    There are TOTAL of 14 comments in the Davante Adams article.

    There are nearly 2 1/2 times that many Packer troll comments alone in this one, and every single Viking article. It doesn’t help when the same people make multiple accounts and thumbs up there own comments on multiple devices.

  36. Mark- there are 51 comments on this story. 32 are from Packer trolls. 9 from the same one.

    This happens every single Viking story. It has destroyed the comment section.
    ________________________

    I whole-heartedly agree. Every Vikings’ article has as many Packer trolls (spewing the same old gibberish) as there are Viking fans. It’s extremely obnoxious.

  37. It’s so sad when Vikings fans (who started trolling Packers stories) get mad when Packers fans retaliate.

    Here’s a clue: Stop coming on our posts to talk trash, and we might–yes, might–stop doing the same on yours.

    If we don’t stop after you do, just understand that we have to be completely even, and since you’ve been doing it longer, we have to catch up.

    Kind of like the Packers and winning Super Bowls. The Vikings have to catch up. It starts with one.

  38. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:25 PM

    Down two receivers? Big deal. Next man up, Butter Cup! This is professional football.

    On Monday night the Pack was without their #1 and #3 receivers for the entire game as well as their starting TE and the #4 receiver missed a good portion of the game. Aaron Rodgers still threw for 333 yards, 5 TDs and 0 picks, which resulted in a passer rating of 138.5.
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    Thanks for finally acknowledging you really only have one person that matters on that side of the ball. Great team sport, isn’t it????

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  39. It’s interesting how the Vikings acquired a deep threat in Wallace and Bridgewaters’ YPC go down. While Rodgers’ deep threat in Nelson is lost for the year, and his YPC is still higher than Bridgewaters. Just an observation.

  40. Typical thread for a Vikings’ story:

    Vikings’ fan: Vikings are for real. Let the dynasty begin. The Packers’ windows is closed. Bridgewater is a HoF lock! The Vikings will destroy the Packer this year. AP for father of the year!!!!

    Packers’ fans: I disagree.

    Vikings’ fans: I hate all these Packers’ trolls!

  41. Vikings are 4-12-1 against the packers since drafting peterson. Some packer fan (cabbage guy) said 1-12-1 up top. 2 of those losses were without Peterson so really 4-10-1. But if we can all make up numbers; imma say they’re an even 7-7.

  42. beerbratscheese says:
    Oct 2, 2015 11:20 PM

    Typical thread for a Vikings’ story:

    Vikings’ fan: Vikings are for real. Let the dynasty begin. The Packers’ windows is closed. Bridgewater is a HoF lock! The Vikings will destroy the Packer this year. AP for father of the year!!!!

    Packers’ fans: I disagree.

    Vikings’ fans: I hate all these Packers’ trolls!

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    Exactly. And it’s worse every year, as the Bayless Bunch drives away more and more of the sane Viking fans. Also:

    1: Most Packer fans and most Bear fans treat each other with respect.

    2: Most Packer fans and most Lion fans treat each other with respect.

    3: Most Bear fans and most Lion fans treat each other with respect.

    4: Most Viking fans treat NOBODY with respect and they get no respect in return.

    The average 7 year old could read the four (absolutely true) statements above and immediately come to the correct conclusion as to wherein the problem lies. It isn’t hard.

  43. nflfanboy95 says:
    Oct 3, 2015 12:48 AM

    Vikings are 4-12-1 against the packers since drafting peterson. Some packer fan (cabbage guy) said 1-12-1 up top. 2 of those losses were without Peterson so really 4-10-1. But if we can all make up numbers; imma say they’re an even 7-7.

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    Of course you are. Its what you people do. Thanks for correcting me, though. I very much dislike posting something that isn’t 100% accurate.

    The 63-67-1 is on the money. I checked that. Sadly, I relied on memory for their record against the Pack. My mistake… but then again, 4-12-1 is bad enough and it still illustrates my point quite well. I don’t need to intentionally get it wrong.

    All in all, it’s like I said. Opposing teams just don’t care how much Peterson pads his personal stats while they beat your Vikings.

  44. dirtyhelmet says: Oct 2, 2015 10:18 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 2, 2015 4:25 PM

    Down two receivers? Big deal. Next man up, Butter Cup! This is professional football.

    On Monday night the Pack was without their #1 and #3 receivers for the entire game as well as their starting TE and the #4 receiver missed a good portion of the game. Aaron Rodgers still threw for 333 yards, 5 TDs and 0 picks, which resulted in a passer rating of 138.5.
    —————————————–

    Thanks for finally acknowledging you really only have one person that matters on that side of the ball. Great team sport, isn’t it????

    20

    8
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    just a reminder..that one man team… by the way your one man is ap or ad whatever your calling him this week, was passed on twice by the Vikings in that draft, so that you could get the talents of troy Williamson and Erasmus james.

  45. ariani1985 says: Oct 3, 2015 1:40 PM

    let’s also not forget little erin Rogers has never had a 4th qt comeback and is the division leader in home playoff losses!
    …………………………………………………………………….sice “little erin ” has been a starter

    in actual nfl playoffs, not the preseasons playoffs that Viking fans always are winning

    Lions 0-2
    Bears 1-1
    Vikings 1-3 (only victory was with a packer castoff)
    packers 6-5 including a superbowl yictory, the likes of which a Viking fan has ever seen.
    nfc north9 w/o gb 2-6
    green bay 6-5

    now I see your pain

  46. It’s also cute how they try to feminize Aaron Rodgers by misspelling his first name as “Erin.” Especially since they slobbered all over Erin Henderson for years.

    I wonder how many of them would tell Erin Henderson, to his face, that they consider it an insult to apply his (Henderson’s) given name to Rodgers.

  47. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 3, 2015 1:57 PM

    He had a 4th quarter comeback against Seattle 2 weeks ago. LOL

    ))))))))))))))

    That was an entertaining game.But let’s wait for this type win in the playoffs however. And zero championships is in error. 1969 NFL champs the Minnesota Vikings. You saying something other than this fact is wrong. Seek professional help to help you deal with reality.

  48. And zero championships is in error. 1969 NFL champs the Minnesota Vikings. You saying something other than this fact is wrong.
    —————

    This is why people laugh at Vikings fans so much. They don’t even know NFL history. The Vikings won the NFCCG. You can look it up on the nfl website. Or are you going to give the Packers 4 championships in 66 and 67?

  49. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 3, 2015 8:28 PM
    And zero championships is in error. 1969 NFL champs the Minnesota Vikings. You saying something other than this fact is wrong.
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    This is why people laugh at Vikings fans so much. They don’t even know NFL history. The Vikings won the NFCCG. You can look it up on the nfl website. Or are you going to give the Packers 4 championships in 66 and 67?
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    Actually NFL.com as well as other websites credit the Vikings with that NFL championship. That ‘NFCCG’ you refer to was not even around at that time but nice try. Today it would be the equivalent of that but true to history it’s an actual NFL championship. But go ahead and keep using your screen name, it’s cute when fans try to rewrite history.

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