EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Don’t expect to see Brad Johnson this month.
The Minnesota Vikings won’t get their starting quarterback back until the Nov. 1 trip to Tampa Bay at the earliest, coach Dennis Green said Wednesday. Johnson is scheduled for X-rays on his broken right leg this week.
“We expect to see that it’s where it should be as far as the healing process,” Green said. “Then, that’s when the rehabilitation starts.”
Johnson, who has been getting around without his protective walking boot for more than a week, broke a bone in his lower right leg early in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 victory at St. Louis.
The Vikings (5-0) originally hoped he might be ready in time for this weekend’s game against the Washington Redskins, but Green said that even the Oct. 25 game at Detroit would be too soon for Johnson’s return.
“That’s only 10 days away. I would say no,” Green said. “I think it’s going to have to be after that.”
Playing without their No. 1 quarterback hasn’t been a problem for the Vikings, though. Randall Cunningham is the NFL’s top-rated passer, with 10 TDs and no interceptions.