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Derrick Johnson | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 242
College: Texas
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Chiefs placed ILB Derrick Johnson on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.
A Pro Bowler each of the past three seasons, Johnson's absence leaves a massive void for a team that was already having trouble filling the spot next to him. Two months shy of his 32nd birthday, Johnson is signed through 2015, where he'll make an affordable $4 million. Sep 9 - 4:10 PM

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Coach Andy Reid confirmed ILB Derrick Johnson (torn Achilles') will miss the remainder of the season.

It's a mammoth loss for a defense that was shredded by the Titans in Week 1. Johnson is an All-Pro inside linebacker and excels in coverage. With fellow ILB Joe Mays (wrist) already on short-term I.R., the Chiefs are down to their Nos. 3 and 4 inside 'backers. The Chiefs will be a defense for fantasy owners to target, especially for running backs. Kansas City also lost run-plugging LE Mike Devito to a torn Achilles' on Sunday. Montee Ball gets them in Week 2.
Sep 8 - 1:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs believe ILB Derrick Johnson has a torn Achilles' tendon.

It would be a devastating blow to Kansas City's front seven, particularly after losing fellow ILB Joe Mays (wrist surgery) indefinitely. Johnson is an All-Pro caliber player in the middle. Kansas City will be forced to move forward with special teamers Josh Mauaga and James-Michael Johnson at inside linebacker.
Sep 7 - 3:28 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson was carted off the field in Sunday's Week 1 game with an Achilles' tendon injury.

It's a significant loss because Kansas City's other starting inside linebacker, Joe Mays, is out after undergoing wrist surgery. The Chiefs will have to make due with Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson on the inside.
Sep 7 - 2:24 PM

New DC Bob Sutton plans to instill a more aggressive attitude into a Chiefs defense that produced a league-low 13 turnovers last season.

"Coach Sutton is definitely going to bring an attack-style defense to our ball club," said ILB Derrick Johnson. "Of course the main objective is to win, but takeaways are going to be big for us this year." The Chiefs’ seven interceptions last year were the fewest in a season in club history, and that includes two strike-shortened years.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Ravens.

Johnson may be operating at less than 100 percent, but he's safe to use in IDP circles. Through four games this year, Johnson has totaled 32 tackles and one sack. The Chiefs will be without DE Glenn Dorsey (calf) and DE Ropati Pitoitua (elbow). Their other inactives: RB Peyton Hillis, S Kendrick Lewis, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Devon Wylie and CB Jalil Brown.
Sun, Oct 7, 2012 11:35:00 AM

The Chiefs are confident ILB Derrick Johnson (ankle) will be available for their Week 1 game against Atlanta.

They're "hopeful" about LCB Brandon Flowers (heel), as well, but not as optimistic about FS Kendrick Lewis (shoulder). A star on the inside of Romeo Crennel's 3-4, Johnson amassed 131 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions last season. The 29-year-old Johnson hasn't missed a game since 2009.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 01:24:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson suffered an ankle injury that "could be significant" in Thursday's preseason finale.

Backup QB Brady Quinn also left with an injury that could be significant, which might spur GM Scott Pioli to seek a much-needed upgrade behind Matt Cassel. If Johnson joins pass rusher Tamba Hali (suspension) on the sidelines next week, the Falcons offense will get a significant matchup boost.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 12:44:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson set a franchise record with 179 tackles in 2011 and made his first career Pro Bowl.

The NFL credited Johnson with 131 tackles, so this stat was via the team's counting. He was also voted by teammates as the Chiefs' MVP. "It will be hard to do that again next year with Jamaal (Charles) coming back," Johnson joked. Pro Football Focus graded Johnson as the NFL's fourth-best 3-4 inside linebacker, behind only NaVorro Bowman, Brian Cushing, and Patrick Willis.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 12:26:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson already has a career-high 126 tackles through 15 games.

Johnson has gone from Todd Haley's doghouse in 2009 to joining Tamba Hali as the only Chiefs in the Pro Bowl this season. A nucleus player for the Chiefs at age 29, Johnson has emerged as one of the top inside linebackers in the game.
Fri, Dec 30, 2011 10:25:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson recorded a career-high 17 tackles while knocking down four passes against the Rams in Week 15.

Coach Todd Haley was abnormally effusive in praise, calling it a "true all-pro effort" while citing Johnson as the "epitome" of what the Chiefs are trying to build. Johnson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the effort. He also merits strong consideration for the Pro Bowl as the well as the All-Pro team.
Fri, Dec 24, 2010 10:52:00 AM

Chiefs agreed to terms with ILB Derrick Johnson on a five-year, $34 million extension. The deal includes $15 million guaranteed.

Johnson was part of coach Todd Haley's large doghouse last season, but has started every game this year and is averaging 8.1 tackles per game. His rookie contract was set to expire after this season. The highly athletic every-down linebacker turns 28 in two weeks and has proven to be a perfect fit in Romeo Crennel's defense. His days in the doghouse are over.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 12:17:00 PM

Derrick Johnson has dropped 3 interceptions through his first 7 games in 2010.

Johnson has one pick on the year, but he's dropped some potential game changers. Says Johnson, "I always thought I had pretty good hands. I still do." It's hard to judge a linebacker's play simply on interceptions, and Johnson has a team high 57 tackles. The former high school wideout is currently playing for a long-term contract.
Sat, Nov 6, 2010 09:53:00 AM

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the Chiefs plan to sign ILB Derrick Johnson to a lucrative extension.

"He's not going anywhere," writes Robinson. Johnson was buried in Todd Haley's doghouse as a backup, nickel linebacker for all of last season, but he's emerged as an every-down player under new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Johnson, who turns 28 later this month, is in the final year of his rookie contract. He was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Fri, Nov 5, 2010 01:57:00 PM

Derrick Johnson has beaten out Demorrio Williams for one of the starting inside linebacker spots for the Chiefs.

The other inside starting spot also appears to have been decided, with Jovan Belcher picked over Corey Mays. Johnson had a falling out with Todd Haley last year (who didn't?), but still has the most talent in Kansas City's linebacker corps. Williams is likely to replace Johnson on passing downs.
Tue, Sep 7, 2010 09:30:00 AM

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