Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a rib injury and was taken to the locker room on a cart. He returned to the field for one series, but he had his helmet taken away from him after that.
He was initially listed as questionable to return.
The injury may have occurred on the final play of the second drive when Teddy Bridgewater threw for Johnson in the end zone and San Diego Chargers cornerback Steve Williams had inside position and intercepted the pass.
In the second quarter, the Vikings also lost CB Xavier Rhodes when he was hit in the head by safety Andrew Sendejo, snapping back the head of Rhodes, who went to the turf motionless. After assistance from the medical staff, Rhodes sat up and walked off the field with plenty of help. A short while later, he walked to the locker room before halftime.
The Vikings announced his return at halftime as questionable, as he was being evaluated for a head injury, but later declared him out for the game in the third quarter. He was replaced by rookie first-round pick Trae Waynes.
Rhodes was undergoing the concussion protocol in the second half and didn’t return to the game after that, walking in a hallway after the game with sunglasses on.
The Vikings also took defensive end Justin Trattou to the locker room in the first quarter with an ankle injury and was declared out for the game after that. He was hurt while covering a punt and also taken to the locker room on a cart.
Trattou had a walking boot on his left foot after that game, but initial tests showed no broken bones.
Finally, the Vikings lost Sendejo in the second half of the game to a leg injury. He was replaced by former starter Robert Blanton.