The ribs injury Charles Johnson suffered against San Diego sidelined him Sunday in Denver, but he's optimistic about returning to action after Minnesota's bye week.
ESPN.com's Ben Goessling wrote the injury occurred while Johnson went up for a jump ball near the goal line:
Asked if anything was broken, Johnson told Goessling, "I don't know what it is, actually. [The trainers] were like, 'Something's wrong with your ribs.' When I tried to [run] too fast, I could feel it, so they were like, 'Just rehab it.' Hopefully, they'll get me right, and I'll be back out there."
*With time to rest during the Vikings' bye week, he sounded optimistic he'd be ready for the team's Oct. 18 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. *
"I was hoping to get back [for Denver], but unfortunately, I wasn't able to," Johnson said. "Now, I'm pushing towards Kansas City."
Learn from a loss
Count Vikings Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton in agreement with Head Coach Mike Zimmer that there aren't moral victories. Tarkenton wrote for the Pioneer Press that he doesn't believe in a "good loss" but does see opportunities to learn from them.
*Losing is never fun, but we learn from our failures. With an extra week off before the next home game against Kansas City, the Vikings have an opportunity to enter the season's second quarter stronger and smarter. *
Tarkenton has a new book, in which he outlines how to learn from failures, but sees a bright future on the horizon in multiple observations.
This year's team is full of young talented players, and they are showing steady improvement. I hate to see them lose, but I know they are heading in the right direction. Enjoy the week off, fellas, and learn from last week so that next time we can pull off the victory.
Rise on the road
Zimmer said Monday that Vikings coaches will use the time during the bye week to figure out "where we can get over the hump."
John Holler of Viking Update wrote that winning more on the road could help the Vikings rise up.
*The one thing separating decent teams from playoff teams is the ability to win on the road. *
*The difference between decent teams and playoff teams is that playoff teams win games on the road. The basic premise of any season is quite simple – go 4-4 on the road and do your business at home. *
Since the 2014 season began, the Vikings are 7-3 at their temporary home, but 2-8 on the road.
*This is nothing new to the Vikings experience. The best season, without question, that the Vikings had in recent memory was in 2009. That season featured Brett Favre on a weekly basis sticking a dagger in the hearts of Packers fans as he racked up the wins. The Vikings posted a record of 12-4. *
*They went 8-0 in front of the homies. They went 4-4 on the road. *
That was a great team.
After the bye, the Vikings will host the Chiefs before visiting the Lions and Bears back-to-back.