Rhodes was covering Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, who found a seam between the cornerback and safety and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 left in the first half. As both Rhodes and Sendejo were attempting to tackle Allen, Sendejo ran into Rhodes, snapping back the cornerback’s head. Rhodes fell to the turf motionless and remained that way for several moments.
He suffered a concussion and was walking in a hallway at TCF Bank Stadium with sunglasses on about a half hour after the game had ended.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed on Monday that it was a concussion for Rhodes, but had an encouraging report on his status.
“Actually, he’s feeling great today. He’s already passed one test and I think he should be good to go,” Zimmer said.
“I’m always concerned about my players anytime they get hurt. But Xav’s pretty tough. He’s pretty tough. I knew he would be alright.”
Rhodes was in the locker room on Monday and appeared to be fine, but he wasn’t allowed to talk with reporters while he remained in the concussion protocol, standard procedure in the NFL these days.
Rookie first-round pick Trae Waynes filled in for Rhodes the entire second half.
“I thought he did well,” Zimmer said of Waynes. “I’ve been saying all along that he continues to get better every week. I felt like there may be an opportunity in this game that he end up playing some anyway. I didn’t expect it under those circumstances, but he did good for his first real test under fire. I thought he did well.”
Starting receiver Charles Johnson suffered a rib injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s win. He got back into the game for one series, then had his helmet taken away for the remainder of the game.
Zimmer said he assumes Johnson will be able to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos but isn’t sure yet.
“We’ll see where it goes during the week,” Zimmer said.
Backup defensive end Justin Trattou suffered a left ankle injury in the first half and was wearing a walking boot after the game, but initial tests showed no broken bones.
Sendejo also suffered a leg injury but his status isn’t known.