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Brad Johnson could be the key to the fate of his former employers

We don’t know yet just how much Tony Romo will play in this weekend’s season finale against the Redskins, but if Wade Phillips decides to rest him, the fate of two franchises will somewhat depend on Romo’s backup. Brad Johnson played most recently for the Vikings, who would need him to beat the Redskins to help their playoff chances. In addition, Johnson once played for the Redskins and left there on terms that were less than friendly. The Minnesota Star Tribune explains:

If Romo doesn't start or gets pulled early, it would give Brad Johnson his first chance to throw a regular-season pass in a Dallas uniform. This could be good news for the Vikings.


Traded by the Vikings to Washington before the 1999 season, Johnson spent two years with that franchise. He led the Redskins to the playoffs in his first season and was named to the Pro Bowl, but Washington decided to go with Jeff George following 2000 and Johnson left as a free agent.

Johnson's feelings toward the Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder were made clear after he led the Vikings to a 19-16 victory in the 2006 opener at FedEx Field. As Johnson dressed in the visitor's locker room following that Monday night game, he donned his old Redskins jersey and proudly headed toward the team bus with the grin of a Cheshire cat.

If Johnson plays significant minutes Sunday he’ll have extra incentive to beat up on the Redskins and help the Vikings.

Over in Washington, they have a little bit of a QB controversy on their hands. After starter Jason Campbell was hurt, Todd Collins came on and pulled the Redskins right back into playoff contention with some solid outings. If he can do the trick one more time on Sunday, he’ll have led Washington to the playoffs and here’s where it gets tricky.

Should Collins complete Washington's improbable late-season surge with a fourth straight win, the starting quarterback situation could become more complicated, a situation Coach Joe Gibbs said would be dealt with "down the road."

The word out of Washington is that QB Jason Campbell has a 50-50 chance of being healthy for that playoff game should Washington win. So do they go back to their starter all year and their QB of the future or do they stay with hot-hand that got them into the playoffs?

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