Vikings receiver Charles Johnson said on Thursday he broke a rib last September against San Diego, while trying to come back for a ball that San Diego's Steve Williams intercepted. Johnson said it took him until the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 1 – during which the receiver made a critical 34-yard catch – to feel like he could play while managing the injury. "You can't sneeze, you can't move, laughing hurts," Johnson said. "But it's all good now."
This helps to explain his extremely disappointing production after a hot finish to the 2014 season. With Mike Wallace out of the way, Johnson should have a chance to compete for starter's snaps now that he's fully healthy.