Vikings injuries: Rhodes ‘good,’ Johnson questionable

Xavier Rhodes has passed the concussion protocol while Charles Johnson’s status is up in the air.

Xavier Rhodes passed the concussion protocol by the start of installation on Wednesday after a scary hit he took to the helmet in Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers. He practiced on Wednesday.

Rhodes was motionless on the field after the hit before being rolled over by head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and the medical staff and helped off the field with plenty of assistance. The hit happened in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and Rhodes didn’t return to the game.

“Everything was just happening fast,” Rhodes said after Wednesday’s practice. “I heard Sugs talking to me and then that was it.”

On Wednesday, he was given the OK.

“He’s passed,” head coach Mike Zimmer said of the concussion protocol. “He’s good.”

Rhodes said he hasn’t looked at the injury on film and didn’t seem to want to view it.

“Didn’t even try to look at it. I wasn’t even thinking about it,” he said.

Despite walking down a hallway in TCF Bank Stadium after the game with sunglasses on, Rhodes said he wasn’t feeling too bad only a couple hours after his head was snapped back.

“I was feeling alright,” he said. “We went through everything and everything we had to go through for a concussion. I was just feeling good.”

He was listed on the injury report Wednesday with a concussion and neck injury, but the fact that he is practicing fully and looking at film of the Denver Broncos offense is a good sign.

“Definitely a good sign,” he said. “Just ready to go and play against Denver.”

The status of receiver Charles Johnson, who suffered a rib injury in the first quarter Sunday is more up in the air.

“I don’t know if he’ll be able to go yet,” Zimmer said. “We’ll see.”

While Rhodes has been solid in coverage through three games, Johnson has been slow to kick-start his second season with the Vikings. He’s been targeted just eight times through three games, catching six passes for 46 yards.

“I don’t think it’s so much the way defenses have played. I think it’s just the way defenses have played in the progression of the routes as it’s going on,” Zimmer said of Johnson’s slow start. “I don’t think it has anything to do really with Charles. I think he’s played well. He probably had a little lull in the Detroit game, but other than that I think he’s done good.”

Teddy Bridgewater said Johnson’s slow start is more directly attributable to the strong running game the Vikings have established in the last two games, with Adrian Peterson running for 260 yards on 49 carries the last two weeks.

“We’ve been having some success running the football and whenever we can do that, it makes the passing game easier for us,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. “We’re going to have some opportunities to make some big plays, make some catches on the outside. Right now, the running game is working for us and Adrian is doing a great. In this offense, each week it’s going to be a different guy that steps up and makes plays for us. Those guys know that.”

In addition to Johnson, receiver Jarius Wright (hand), safety Andrew Sendejo (knee) and defensive end Justin Trattou (foot) were not practicing Wednesday. LB @Audie Cole (ankle) was a limited participant.


Player # Pos. Injury 30-Sep
Justin Trattou 94 DE Foot Did Not Part.
Charles Johnson 12 WR Rib Did Not Part.
Jarius Wright 17 WR Hand Did Not Part.
Andrew Sendejo 34 S Knee Did Not Part.
Audie Cole 57 LB Ankle Limited Part.
Xavier Rhodes 29 CB Concussion/Neck Full Part.


Player # Pos. Injury 30-Sep
Peyton Manning 18 QB Not Injury Related Did Not Part.
Ty Sambrailo 74 T Shoulder Did Not Part.
Louis Vasquez 65 G Knee Did Not Part.
Evan Mathis 69 G Hamstring Limited Part.
Kenny Anunike 91 DE Knee Full Part.
Omar Bolden 31 CB Foot Full Part.
Juwan Thompson 40 RB Neck Full Part.
Kayvon Webster 36 CB Ankle Full Part.

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