Another week, another injury to add to the list for the Minnesota Vikings.
The latest casualty of this increasingly lost season is defensive tackle Tom Johnson. Johnson was injured during Sunday’s 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium, and it was revealed on Monday that he tore a hamstring and will miss the team’s final two games.
Johnson is in his third season with the Vikings, having signed with the team prior to the 2014 season. He has provided very good depth for the purple, as he has collected 14 sacks in his three seasons with the Vikings, although he’s only picked up two of those this season. He also had his first career interception earlier in the year, as he picked off reigning MVP Cam Newton in Minnesota’s victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
Johnson is signed with the Vikings through next season, but with his age and now having to deal with this injury, it remains to be seen if he will be back with the Vikings in 2017. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back next season, given that the team is going to need the depth at defensive tackle with Sharrif Floyd’s situation being up in the air.
Johnson got some better news earlier in the day, as the fine that was levied on him for a late hit on Carson Palmer in Minnesota’s win over the Arizona Cardinals a few weeks ago was rescinded by the NFL following an appeal. That means the $18,231 that would have gone to the league for a hit that Johnson called “B.S.” will remain in his bank account after all.