Zimmer mum if Diggs will start once Johnson returns from rib injury


Even after receiver Stefon Diggs had a couple of big weeks while his teammates have dealt with injuries, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he has not decided if Diggs will remain the starter when Charles Johnson returns from injury.

Diggs, a rookie out of Maryland, has posted some big numbers in his two starts this year. Diggs has 13 catches for 216 yards – including his seven catches for 129 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

Zimmer wasn't ready to anoint Diggs a starter once Johnson is healthy enough to return.

"You don't lose your starting job because of injury, but you lose your starting job because of performance," Zimmer told reporters Monday. "But no, I have not decided that yet."

Before getting hurt, Johnson had six catches for 46 yards on the year, but he was a big surprise during the second half of last season.

"I just wasn't feeling (good enough)," Johnson told the Pioneer Press. "I didn't think I would be up to where I want to be, so I just decided not to go."

Johnson said he's planning to play on Sunday at Detroit, and he isn't concerned with who starts.

"We'll see what happens," Johnson told the newspaper. "I mean, Diggs is a hell of a player."

Diggs was inactive for the first three games of the season and made his debut at Denver, catching six passes. He followed that up with Sunday's encore performance.

"He works really hard and he runs good routes, he catches the ball good," Zimmer said. "He's competitive, he really wants to be good and so I think that's why he works so hard at it. And he's talented as well."

Zimmer wasn't the only one singing Diggs' praises. Fellow receiver Mike Wallace says Diggs reminds him of Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.

Next Up

police lights

Elementary school in Monticello closes due to 'active police incident'

An active police incident was reported Tuesday morning.

Michelle Young

Teacher from Edina steals Matt James' heart on 'The Bachelor'

She's also a former high school and college basketball star.

Screen Shot 2021-01-21 at 1.57.10 PM

Missing woman found dead in north Minneapolis

The 63-year-old's body was found three days after she was reported missing.

Mike Lindell, My Pillow CEO.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has Twitter account 'permanently suspended'

The move was taken by Twitter due to apparent violations of its Civic Integrity Policy.

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2

Minnesota confirms America's 1st case of Brazil P.1 COVID strain

The strain was found in a Twin Cities metro resident who recently traveled to Brazil.


Gov. Walz announces education plan aimed at eliminating disparities

The plan covers seven categories, including closing the racial education gap and improving opportunities in rural Minnesota

Tax forms

Charges: Otsego cleaning business underreported sales

An Otsego woman is accused of owing more than $20,500 in sales tax, penalties and interest.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Walz gives vaccine providers 3-day, 7-day deadlines to use doses

Those that don't use their allocation will be given less in the future.


Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.