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.

“I’m just running my route and my eyes are always fixed on the quarterback,” Johnson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“So as I’m getting width, I don’t know what’s coming. I trust the quarterback that he’s 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, I’m going to hurt whoever this was because someone just cheap-shotted me.’ I look up and I see it’s Coach (Brad) Childress. He’s on the ground and I’m like, ‘Oh no, that’s my ticket out of here.’ You don’t do that to the head man.”

Johnson’s 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, we’re betting Johnson is going to be keeping a close eye on that bruise his coach is wearing. That’s the kind of thing you want good and healed by the time cuts come around.


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