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Lunch Break, 11/17: Career Day For Johnson

On a cold, dreary day at Soldier Field, the play of wide receiver Charles Johnson is one positive the Vikings can take from the loss against the Bears.

Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press writes about the Grand Valley State's career day:

*Jarius Wright's second-quarter hamstring injury Sunday opened the door for unheralded receiver Charles Johnson to have a career day in Minnesota's loss to the Bears. *

*Johnson caught six passes for 87 yards, including a 24-yarder that was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's longest completion of the day. *

*"We lost the game. It really doesn't matter what I did," said Johnson, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in Week 3. *

*"We need the 'W' and that didn't happen." *

*Bridgewater was targeting Johnson in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining when Bears safety Ryan Mundy intercepted him to seal the game. *

*Wright suffered a hamstring injury and Greg Jennings also was lost for a period because a rib injury. *

"I got an opportunity when a few guys got banged up," said Johnson, Green Bay's 2013 seventh-round pick out of Grand Valley State. "I went in there, do what I do every week in practice -- just make plays." 

With the aforementioned wide receiver injuries, we could be seeing more of the Johnson as we come down the home stretch of the 2014 season.

Quick Hitters

-* *Via Craig Peters of Vikings.com – Vikings-Bears Notebook: Third Downs Decisive.

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  • 5 things we learned: Vikings at Bears via Brian Hall.
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