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.