EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson agree that the bye week was well-timed.
The Vikings (2-2) returned to practice Monday with the benefit of rest the previous week and began preparations for the Chiefs (1-4), who are set to visit Minnesota at noon (CT) Sunday.
Wright was limited with a hand injury, and Johnson missed the last Vikings game against the Broncos at Denver with a ribs injury. Wright practiced Monday, and Johnson did some running.
"I didn't miss a beat. I was out there like it was a regular day for me," Wright said. "It feels pretty good. The bye week definitely gave me some time to heal and feel better."
Johnson said, "I feel pretty good. Each day is getting better," when asked about his progress. He said he was disappointed to miss an opportunity to go against man-vs.-man defense deployed by Denver, but liked the way that Vikings receivers Mike Wallace, Adam Thielen, rookie Stefon Diggs and Cordarrelle Patterson rose to the challenge. The foursome combined for 21 catches, the fourth time in franchise history for Vikings receivers to have 21 or more receptions in a road game.
"I knew the team played a lot of man, and that's something I really love," Johnson said. "It's me versus them and a play for you to go out and (win). Our guys stepped up well, Thielen, Diggs, Mike, CP went in there and did really well, but it doesn't matter because at the end of the day, we lost the game. I was upset I wasn't out there to get some of that man coverage."
Head Coach Mike Zimmer mentioned he's seen Kansas City play a considerable amount of man-to-man defense in a summary of what he's seen from the Chiefs.
As to why Johnson enjoys man coverage by defenses instead of zone, he said, "You don't have to worry about a zone defender dropping underneath you. You just know it's man vs. man and who is going to win. That's what I thrive on."
Wallace did not practice Monday.
Zimmer deferred commenting on why until the first injury report of this week is posted Wednesday.