Tyrell Johnson apologizes, will play

Updated: September 21, 2011, 4:13 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson apologized Wednesday, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired on a Minneapolis-area interstate.

Johnson was arrested early Tuesday and authorities said his blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, above the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

"I'm very blessed and fortunate that no one got hurt because of my mistake and selfishness," he said.

Johnson said he was "genuinely sorry" for his actions. The team has a car service that players can call if they've been out on the town and are too impaired to drive, and Johnson said he regretted not making the call to use it or getting a hotel room.

"Just for advice to everybody else, whoever gets in that situation, it's not worth it," Johnson said. "You've got to make that call if you can't drive home. Even if you think you're good, you're not good."

Coach Leslie Frazier said Johnson will be in uniform for the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and that any discipline would be handled internally.

"It's always disappointing when guys fall short in different areas, but I know things are going to happen," Frazier said. "It does happen."

Johnson is splitting time with Jamarca Sanford at strong safety. Sanford has started the first two games of the season, but Johnson has rotated in often and has been on the field more for passing downs, especially late in games.

Frazier said this is the first time he's had any issues with Johnson, who was a second-round draft choice in 2008.

"Tyrell has been great," Frazier said. "Really haven't had any issues with him off the field or even on the field."


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