Vikes' safety Johnson arrested for DWI
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired early Tuesday.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the 25-year-old Johnson was stopped about 2 a.m. for failing to signal a merge on an interstate ramp while driving in Minneapolis.
During the stop, the trooper noticed Johnson had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. The state patrol says Johnson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent during field sobriety tests. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08 percent.
Johnson was booked into the Hennepin County jail and released.
The Vikings say they're aware of the incident but declined further comment.
Johnson was a second-round draft pick in 2008 who lost his starting job this season to Jamarca Sanford. Johnson dropped what would've been a game-saving interception at the goal line in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Last month, the Vikings waived quarterback Rhett Bomar not long after he was arrested on charges of drunken driving during training camp. He did not play in the first three exhibition games.
Vikings waive DE Awasom to make room for Williams
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Vikings waived defensive end Adrian Awasom to make room for defensive tackle Kevin Williams.
The Vikings made the move on Tuesday. Williams has returned to the active roster after serving a two-game suspension for a three-year-old positive test for a weight-loss drug that's on the NFL's list of banned substances. Williams was also fined two additional game checks, meaning he'll be playing the next two weeks without pay. His salary this season is $6 million, so that amounts to a fine of about $1.4 million.
Williams has also been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but the rest has helped that injury improve.
Vikings extend sellout streak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Vikings extended their Metrodome sellout streak to 138 straight games.
Chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix said Tuesday less than 1,500 tickets were left for Sunday's game against Detroit, meaning the game will be televised locally.
The Vikings haven't had a TV blackout of a home game since the final game of the 1997 regular season.