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Michael Johnson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 280
College: Georgia Tech
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Bengals RE Michael Johnson (knee) went through conditioning drills in Wednesday's practice.
Johnson will not play in the third preseason game, but even a limited return to the practice field bodes well for the regular season availability. Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in early August. Aug 27 - 11:42 AM
Source: ESPN

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A league source confirmed to PFT that RE Michael Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Sunday's training camp practice.

"He's expected to be back in four weeks," PFT's Mike Florio wrote. If Johnson is indeed back in one month -- and not the long side of his 4-6 week timetable -- he should get in a week or two of practice before the season opener.
Aug 3 - 12:19 AM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson is believed to escaped Sunday's knee injury scare with a sprained right MCL.

An MRI is pending, but indications are Johnson avoided a full ligament tear and will miss 4-6 weeks, as opposed to the season. While it's good news for the Bengals, Johnson is now questionable for Week 1. The team will get a long look at Will Clarke and ideally Margus Hunt, if Hunt's back stops acting up.
Aug 2 - 6:19 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is optimistic RE Michael Johnson will turn out "okay" following Sunday's right-knee scare.

The Bengals originally feared a torn ACL. It sounds like he may have a strain or sprain, but that Johnson avoided severe ligament damage. Currently headed for an MRI, Johnson's recovery timetable will be determined by the testing.
Aug 2 - 5:06 PM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson is headed for an MRI after injuring his right knee in Sunday's training camp practice.

Doctors checked for an ACL tear on the field after Johnson went down. The "hope" is Johnson suffered only a strain, but the MRI will provide the extent. The Bengals are counting on Johnson to play a big role in sparking their pass rush this season after finishing 2014 dead last in the NFL in sacks (20).
Aug 2 - 3:54 PM

Bengals signed RE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bucs, to a four-year, $24 million contract.

He picked the Bengals over the Vikings. Johnson played for Cincinnati from 2009-2013 before signing a huge contract with the Bucs last offseason and getting cut last week after pocketing $16 million. He had effort questions and put some bad tape out there in 2014. Back in Cincy, Johnson should have a leg up on the starting right-end job opposite LE Carlos Dunlap. 28-year-old Johnson has 19 sacks and four forced fumbles over the past three seasons.
Mar 15 - 11:06 AM

Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Bengals on Saturday.

It appears Johnson will leave Minnesota without a deal, perhaps hoping to give both his former team (Bengals) and former coach (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) an equal opportunity. Johnson's choice will almost certainly come down to the Bengals or Vikings, with Minnesota the slight favorite. Johnson registered 11.5 sacks with the Bengals in 2012, but has struggled to 7.5 sacks total over the last two seasons. He is expected to make his decision by Monday.
Mar 13 - 11:41 PM

Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Vikings this week.

As expected. Johnson will make the Vikings his first visit. Coach Mike Zimmer and Johnson have an affinity for each other, and Johnson likely would have signed with Minnesota last offseason had he not taken the money from Tampa Bay. Johnson flopped with the Bucs, but flourished under Zimmer in Cincinnati from 2012-2013, registering 15 sacks and playing stout run defense.
Mar 12 - 10:46 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings will be in the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

Johnson had his best seasons playing under former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer and knows his system. The Vikings could use him as a pass rushing complement to Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Johnson has also received interest from the Bengals.
Mar 11 - 4:26 PM

Bucs released DE Michael Johnson.

They're giving up on him after one season of a "five-year, $45 million" deal. Along with LT Anthony Collins -- also released -- Johnson was a complete flop in Tampa Bay last season, battling a high ankle sprain, not giving full effort when healthy, and managing four sacks across 14 games. Assuming his price tag is low -- and it figures to be after Johnson put so much bad play on tape last season -- the Bengals are expected to be interested in a reunion. We also wouldn't rule out former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer's Vikings giving Johnson a long look.
Mar 11 - 3:30 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Bengals will try to re-sign DE Michael Johnson if he's cut by the Bucs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer floated it as a possibility last month. Coming off an injury-hampered year where he notched only four sacks in 14 games, Johnson comes with a $9 million cap charge. Releasing him would create $2 million in space, but $7 million in dead money. Johnson spent 2009-13 in Cincy.
Mar 9 - 6:35 PM

Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would be open to a reunion with RE Michael Johnson if Tampa Bay releases him.

This makes sense as Cincinnati needs defensive line help and the Buccaneers are trying to stay under the salary cap. Tampa Bay has a history of throwing in the towel early, dumping Darrelle Revis last offseason and more recently cutting veteran Josh McCown. Recurring ankle woes were partly to blame for Johnson's underwhelming 2014 campaign (four sacks in 14 games).
Feb 22 - 9:48 AM

Profootballtalk suggests the Bucs could release RE Michael Johnson.

Johnson signed a five-year, $43.75 million deal just last offseason, but the Bucs take the pay-as-you-go approach with contracts and could decide to part ways after a weak 2014 season. Johnson recorded just four sacks and finished 45th among 56 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity. The Bucs can save $7 million against the cap by cutting him.
Jan 19 - 8:24 PM

The Bucs expect RE Michael Johnson (ankle) to return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

The Bucs' $43 million free agent add missed Week 2 and then played just seven snaps in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. The long week should help get Johnson right and Gerald McCoy (hand) is also expected back.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Bucs RE Michael Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.

The Bucs will apparently have to turn to Scott Solomon and William Gholston in Sunday's tilt with the Rams. Fellow DE Adrian Clayborn was placed on injured reserve on Friday. If Zac Stacy had more clarity in terms of his workload, we'd be high on him as a fantasy start. Instead, he's a dicey RB2/flex.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:28:00 PM