Olabisi Johnson

Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #81
Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #81

Olabisi Johnson News

Heads to IR

The Vikings placed Johnson (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Johnson tore the ACL in his left knee during Saturday's preseason finale against Denver, and barring an injury settlement, will now miss the entire 2022 campaign. The 2019 seventh-round pick suffered the same injury last year, only in the other knee.

Aug 29, 2022 9:18 AM EST

Tears ACL

Johnson sustained a torn ACL during Saturday's preseason game at Denver, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: At the start of training camp last summer, Johnson tore an ACL and missed the entire 2021 campaign. Now, he's suffered the same injury this year, only in the other knee. The fourth-year wide receiver now will miss back-to-back seasons due to injury.

Aug 28, 2022 10:44 AM EST

Leaves with knee injury

Johnson left Saturday's preseason finale versus the Broncos early with a knee injury, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Johnson exited the contest in second half, but the exact extent of his injury has yet to be determined. The wide receiver can now be considered questionable for Week 1 against the Packers on Sept. 11.

Aug 27, 2022 8:59 PM EST

Three receptions Saturday

Johnson had three receptions on six targets for 29 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Johnson suffered a torn ACL in training camp last July and missed the entire 2021 season, but is back to full speed this summer. He worked as the No. 3 receiver at times in 2020 before sliding down the depth chart late that season. Despite his return, he appears far behind in the competition for the No. 4 receiver role and it's not clear if he'll win one of the final reserve receiver roles.

Aug 21, 2022 9:18 AM EST

Returns to practice

Johnson (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's OTA practice, Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: Johnson suffered a torn ACL in training camp last July and missed the entire 2021 season. He worked as the No. 3 receiver at times in 2020 before falling on the depth chart late in the season. He'll be in the mix for the No. 4 receiver role in training camp this summer if he's back to full strength.

May 18, 2022 2:03 PM EST

Activated off COVID-19 list

Johnson (knee) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Johnson has cleared COVID protocols, but he remains on injured reserve. The 2019 seventh-round pick isn't expected to play this season after tearing his ACL during training camp.

Dec 13, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Surfaces on COVID list

Johnson (knee) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Johnson remains on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in camp, but he's now in COVID protocols as well. The 2019 seventh-round pick won't suit up this season.

Dec 1, 2021 5:44 PM EST

Lands on IR

Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Eric Smith of Vikings.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson suffered a torn ACL on Friday and will miss the entire 2021 season, so this move is strictly procedural. He'll set his sights on returning in time for the 2022 campaign.

Aug 2, 2021 8:52 PM EST

Suffers torn ACL

Johnson was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old suffered the injury during Friday's practice and is slated to miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign. Johnson, who worked as Minnesota's No. 3 wideout as a rookie in 2019, was attempting to win back that job in training camp, but he'll instead spent the season rehabbing from the ACL tear.

Jul 31, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Exits with leg injury

Johnson left Friday's practice with an apparent leg injury, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson, a 2019 seventh-round pick, is hoping to win back the No. 3 role he occupied as a rookie. Slot specialist Chad Beebe took the job last year and remains with the Vikings, but he'll need to fend off Johnson, Dede Westbrook and rookie fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette this summer. It's a situation where Johnson could win the No. 3 job or could miss out on the Week 1 roster.

Jul 30, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Zero target finale

Johnson didn't see a single target Week 17 and will end his 2020 campaign catching 14 of his 19 targets for 189 yards throughout 16 games.

Analysis: In his second season with the Vikings, Johnson played a much quieter role and didn't see half the targets (44) as last year. With Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson as the primary receivers, and Chad Beebe passing him on the depth chart, the 2019 seventh-round pick wasn't able to have the same number of opportunities. Depending on how Minnesota proceeds in the offseason -- especially as it pertains to Beebe, a restricted free agent -- Johnson may have even more competition for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2021.

Jan 15, 2021 7:19 AM EST

Registers 14th catch of 2020

Johnson hauled in his only target for 13 yards during Friday's 52-33 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: It may not have been an especially eventful Christmas Day outing from the 2019 seventh-round pick, but at least Johnson proved capable of snapping his three-game catch drought over his workload of 11 offensive snaps. Johnson possesses two notable fantasy outings on the year, producing a combined 10 catches for 130 yards between his season-best Week 1 and 12 performances. In 13 other 2020 outings, however, Johnson has totaled only four receptions for 59 yards.

Dec 29, 2020 6:16 PM EST

Endures another zero-target outing

Johnson was not targeted over nine offensive snaps during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Johnson enjoyed a seven-catch, 74-yard performance Week 12 against Carolina while Adam Thielen remained on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's since reverted to an obsolete offensive role with the receiving corps returned to full strength. Justin Jefferson's emergence has largely pushed Johnson out of the picture in the passing game, exemplified again as the rookie's 11 targets combined with Thielen's three to constitute 87.5 percent of the Vikings' total WR targets against Chicago.

Dec 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

Logs no receptions against Bucs

Johnson went without a target over 19 offensive snaps during Sunday's 26-14 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: 10 different Vikings were targeted in the Week 14 defeat, but Johnson went without an offensive look for a second consecutive contest. He produced an eye-catching seven receptions for 74 yards Week 12 against the Panthers while Adam Thielen resided on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Otherwise, he has no outings exceeding 25 yards since kicking off the campaign with three catches and 56 yards against Green Bay.

Dec 15, 2020 6:54 PM EST

No targets against Jaguars

Johnson didn't receive a target in the 27-24 overtime win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Johnson played a season-high 58 snaps on offense in last week's win over the Panthers, when Adam Thielen was on the COVID-19 list. Thielen returned this week, however, and Johnson reverted to the No. 4 wideout role, playing just eight snaps and failing to receive a target for the fifth time this year. Chad Beebe appears to be the clear No. 3 behind Thielen and Justin Jefferson.

Dec 8, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Thrives in Thielen's absence

Johnson secured all seven targets for 74 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: With Adam Thielen hitting the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, Johnson stepped seamlessly into the No. 2 role and ended up pacing the Vikings in receiving yardage. The second-year wideout also tied multiple teammates for the team lead in receptions, and his two-point conversion grab in the fourth quarter was critical in that it brought Minnesota to within a field goal. Johnson had been virtually invisible this season while seeing Thielen and Justin Jefferson log the overwhelming majority of the passing game work, and despite his strong showing Sunday, he appears destined to revert to anonymity if the former is back for a Week 13 matchup against the Jaguars.

Nov 29, 2020 2:53 PM EST

Gets start as No. 2 WR

Johnson will start as the No. 2 wide receiver Sunday against Carolina with Chad Beebe working as the No. 3 slot receiver with Adam Thielen out while on the COVID-19 list, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Johnson has just five receptions this season and has been outplayed by Beebe, who moved ahead of him for the No. 3 role when Adam Thielen was healthy. However, it looks like he'll get increased playing time and opportunities against Carolina.

Nov 29, 2020 9:05 AM EST

Rare reception Sunday

Johnson had one reception for nine yards in Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Analysis: It was his first reception since Week 5 and he played just four snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chad Beebe played 17 snaps on offense despite not getting a target. Despite the catch, there isn't any change in Johnson's role as a deep reserve and fourth receiver.

Nov 23, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Targeted once on MNF

Johnson did not haul in his lone target during Monday night's 19-13 win against the Bears.

Analysis: Johnson has not recorded a reception since Week 5, though he did at least break his skid of three consecutive outings without a target Monday night. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen continue to dominate the wide receiver workload, combining for 12 receptions, 178 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago, while Chad Beebe got involved with two catches and 16 yards of his own. Heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Cowboys, Johnson remains a depth option among perhaps the most top-heavy receiving corps in the NFL.

Nov 17, 2020 6:15 PM EST

No receptions on limited workload

Johnson was not targeted on any of his eight offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.

Analysis: Johnson has been sparsely involved as Justin Jefferson continues to emerge as a Rookie of the Year candidate, collecting just one reception for 13 yards since Week 3. The 23-year-old receiver started Minnesota's first two games of the season while fielding a combined 75 offensive snaps, but he has compiled just 45 total snaps on that side of the ball over his past six appearances.

Nov 9, 2020 5:02 PM EST

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