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Michael Johnson | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 280
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (70) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Bengals RE Michael Johnson played through a back injury last season.
Johnson entered the season with a knee issue, but it was apparently his back that slowed him. Johnson was highly ineffective for the second straight year, managing only five sacks on 862 snaps. He earned a -13.0 pass rusher rating from Pro Football Focus. Now 29, Johnson is due $4.25 million between salary and bonuses this season. It appears he'll keep his roster spot. Apr 25 - 1:28 PM

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Bengals RE Michael Johnson (MCL) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

He was a full participant at Friday's practice just like he's been most of the week. Johnson's availability for Sunday is no longer in question.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 02:55:00 PM

Bengals RE Michael Johnson (MCL) returned to practice on Monday.

Johnson sprained his MCL very early in camp and has been out ever since. The Bengals are noncommittal on Johnson's Week 1 availability, but his return to practice early in the week bodes well for his chances of playing at Oakland.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 02:22:00 PM

The Bengals' official website said it is "unclear" if RE Michael Johnson (knee) will be ready for Week 1.

Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in early August. He returned to conditioning drills last week, but he has yet to resume practicing. If he can find the practice field this week, he should be good to go.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 08:31:00 AM

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.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:42:00 AM

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.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 12:19:00 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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 06:19:00 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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 05:06:00 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).
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 03:54:00 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.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 11:06:00 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.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 11:41:00 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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 10:46:00 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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 04:26:00 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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 03:30:00 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.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 06:35:00 PM

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