Tom Johnson is back in Minneapolis.Johnson signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday morning. The Seattle Seahawks released Johnson over the weekend, reshuffling their roster due to injury.The Seahawks had reportedly brought in Johnson as a replacement for Sheldon Richardson, who signed with the Vikings earlier this year.Johnson played for Minnesota from 2014-17, racking up 16 sacks in 25 starts.The 34-year-old went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Stints with the Indianapolis Colts, as well as in the AFL and CFL, followed, before Johnson broke through with the New Orleans Saints in 2011.Johnson started 15 games for the Vikings in 2017, finishing with 32 total tackles and two sacks.The Vikings released fellow defensive tackle David Parry to make room for Johnson on the roster. Parry impressed in limited action during Minnesotas tie with the Green Bay Packers last week, sacking quarterback Aaron Rodgers despite playing just 12 snaps on defense. LOS ANGELES 鈥?Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay was a precocious offensive coordinator when they got together in Washington.After they collaborated on two tremendously productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFLs youngest head coach in Los Angeles, and Cousins got an $84 million contract in Minnesota.More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hills role, a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Hill shines with Rhodes ailingIm very grateful for having crossed paths with him, Cousins said. And Im always rooting for him. But certainly, though, we want to get the W this week.Indeed John Randle Color Rush Jersey , theyre getting back together Thursday night in a compelling early season NFC showdown between McVays Rams (3-0) and Cousins Vikings (1-1-1).And both say they wouldnt be there under the Coliseum lights without the other.I feel fortunate to have worked with Kirk, McVay said.Sometimes you hear people talk about not having the strongest arm or whatever, (but) Im not sure what film theyre watching, McVay added.He can make every single throw. I think he has the ability to speed it up with excellent twitch. He can change the launch point. So youre not limited in any way that you can utilize him. And I couldnt be happier for Kirk, and Ill be rooting for him the rest of the year after Thursday night.Their meeting will be an interesting barometer for both teams early season fortunes.The Rams have been largely outstanding during their unbeaten start to a season that has picked up right where McVays first team left off.But coach Mike Zimmers Vikings defense gave perhaps the most impressive performance of last season against the high-octane Rams, who managed only one early touchdown from Todd Gurley in a 24-7 loss at Minnesota.We didnt run the ball as well as we had in other games against this defense, said Aaron Kromer, the Rams running game coordinator. Theyre a stout defense. Theyre built to stop the run. Thats their No. 1 goal. We have to do a much better job. I think were a lot smarter football team than we were in the past, so I hope that shows on Thursday night.More things to watch:WEEKNIGHT PARTYThe Rams realize Thursday afternoon isnt an ideal time to brave LA traffic for a football game at a stadium undergoing renovation that has severely curtailed its parking and tailgating.So theyre trying to make this important NFC game into a civic duty: McVay sent out a funny memo through newspapers and social media to all employers in Los Angeles, urging them to allow their employees to leave work early so they can head downtown for the 5:20 p.m. local start time 鈥?which he says is the typical bedtime of his 71-year-old defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips. They also got Vanessa Hudgens to sing the national anthem, while Compton rapper YG will perform in the second quarter.EARLY DEPARTUREThe Vikings flew to Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, hoping to better acclimate to the two-time-zone change. The Vikings are 1-5 in Thursday night road games, winning only at Dallas in 1978. Traveling cross-country to play one of the NFLs best teams with three days of rest is a daunting task.Yeah, its a problem, coach Mike Zimmer said. We havent had a home game on a short week since Ive been here in five years. But you play the schedule how it is.NOT A FANThe Rams are also unenthused about their short-week schedule Cris Carter Jersey , although theyre grateful they got to stay home for it. McVay joked that hes running on maybe two hours of sleep per night. Last weekend, Gurley summed up many players feelings about Thursday football: Its the dumbest thing ever.GOING WITHOUT GRIFFENThe Vikings will play without defensive end Everson Griffen, a captain and three-time Pro Bowl pick. The former USC star wont make his Coliseum return while he is sidelined indefinitely for treatment of mental illness following a pattern of erratic and threatening behavior. With players, coaches and staff concerned about Griffens well-being, the show must go on. Stephen Weatherly had his first career sack against the Bills while starting in place of Griffen.INJURED CORNERSThe Rams have bigger problems than a late start time: Their star-studded defense is suddenly short-handed after former Pro Bowl cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters both incurred injuries in last weeks win over the Chargers.Talib needs ankle surgery and will be out for at least eight weeks. Peters calf injury isnt so serious, but still might keep him out. The Rams are likely to go against Cousins with backup cornerbacks including Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman.I feel like were going to be great, Robey-Coleman said. I cant take away from the hard work that every guy on this depth chart put in to get an opportunity to get on the field.SLOW STARTAfter ranking seventh in the NFL last season in yards rushing, the Vikings are next-to-last with just 66 yards per game, although theyve been throwing excessively with two late deficits in their first three games. There still hasnt been much room for Dalvin Cook or Latavius Murray to run, and going against the Rams stout defensive line wont help. Pat Elflein will return to the starting lineup at center, his rehab from offseason surgeries finally complete.Were not in panic mode. Were not in that, said Cook, who is expected to play after sitting out last weeks loss to Buffalo. Were going to get this thing going. Its just a matter of time.