Childress gets run over in practice

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

The epitome of the career-limiting move in professional football, Ian Johnson, went from stomping mad to scared spitless in a fraction of a second earlier this week.

The second-year Vikings running back was running a swing route out of the backfield during OTAs when his problems began.

Im just running my route and my eyes are always fixed on the quarterback, Johnson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

So as Im getting width, I dont know whats coming. I trust the quarterback that hes not going to throw me into a headache.

I got hit by something and go up over my feet, end over end. I did a flip. My first instinct was, Oh, Im going to hurt whoever this was because someone just cheap-shotted me. I look up and I see its Coach (Brad) Childress. Hes on the ground and Im like, Oh no, thats my ticket out of here. You dont do that to the head man.

Johnsons fears were over as quickly as he got to his feet as Childress took full responsibility for getting in the way.

We hit hard, Johnson said. He had a bruise. I had a contusion on my knee for a while. I hit him right on his inner thigh and knee cap.

Even with Childress taking the blame, were betting Johnson is going to be keeping a close eye on that bruise his coach is wearing. Thats the kind of thing you want good and healed by the time cuts come around.


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