EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace was back on the field Wednesday, with a brace on his left knee for the first part of practice. Wallace, who had missed the Vikings' last two practices after taking a helmet to his knee during the first quarter of the Vikings' Oct. 4 loss in Denver, left after stretching before returning without the brace at the end of practice to catch some passes and was officially listed as a non-participant. The receiver, though, said he has "no doubt" he'll play Sunday against Kansas City.
"I felt good running around today," Wallace said. "I think everything should be back to normal tomorrow."
We reported last week that Wallace only had soreness, not a significant injury to his knee, and he was able to play most of the Broncos game with the injury. Wallace had his best day with the Vikings in that game, catching eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos' man coverage scheme, and he sounded confident he'd have another strong game Sunday against the Chiefs.
"Man coverage, you can tell me to run any route and I'm confident I can get open," Wallace said. "Honestly, I don't feel like anybody can take me one-on-one. Nobody. This game is really about winning one-on-one matchups. I feel confident I can win every time; at least 90 percent of the time. Man-to-man, I love it. I'll make you tackle me when you're man-to-man."
Coming off the bye, the Vikings also have had Jarius Wright back at practice after he played just one snap against Denver, and Charles Johnson was practicing Wednesday, though he's still dealing with the rib injury he sustained against the San Diego Chargers Sept. 27. The injury -- which ESPN's Adam Caplan reported is to Johnson's rib cartilage -- kept the receiver out against Denver, though the Vikings were still able to have their most productive passing game of the season. Especially if Wallace, Johnson and Wright are able to rejoin Adam Thielen and rookie Stefon Diggs, the Vikings should have plenty of options to attack a Chiefs defense that ranks 27th in the league in passing yards allowed.
"Honestly, I felt like that the whole time since I've been here: We have some underrated guys that can play," Wallace said. "I feel comfortable they'd make just about any team in the league. The guys who aren't playing, you've just got to cheer them on. All six of us, I feel like every one of us can play football on any team in the NFL."