Falcons LB Coy Wire (left) and Vikings RB Ian Johnson will return to preseason action this Friday. (Associated Press)

Falcons LB Coy Wire (left) and Vikings RB Ian Johnson will return to preseason action Friday. (Associated Press)

The 53-man roster quests of Ian Johnson and Coy Wire will continue when the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, return to preseason action on Friday.

Johnson, fresh off a stellar 50-yard performance (Highlights) against the Indianapolis Colts in the Vikings’ preseason opener, will aim to contribute in what promises to be a big night at the H.H.H. Metrodome on Friday. The Vikings host the Kansas City Chiefs in what figures to be Brett Favre‘s debut with the local team.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen in a re-air on NFL Network at 11 p.m. ET on Friday.

Wire returns to the field on Friday night as well, as the Falcons visit St. Louis to take on the Rams. Game time is 8 p.m. ET, and a replay of the game can be seen on NFL Network at 2 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Wire made his presence felt with three total tackles (Highlights) in the Falcons’ preseason-opening 27-26 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Here is a look at the other On The Fringe players in action during this weekend’s preseason games …

Still looking for his first reception since making arguably the greatest catch in Super Bowl history, David Tyree returns to action when the Giants visit Soldier Field to play the Bears on Saturday. Game time is 8 p.m. ET, but a replay of the game can be seen on NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Attempting to separate himself in a crowded situation at receiver for the Cardinals, Lance Long returns to action against the Chargers at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday (NFL Network replay of the game will air at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday). Long’s quest to make the Cardinals’ final roster got off to a solid start last week against the Steelers, as the second-year receiver caught five passes for 48 yards (Highlights).