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James-Michael Johnson | Linebacker | #56

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (120) / CLE
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Dolphins signed LB James-Michael Johnson.
A journeyman, Johnson will provide insurance with Jelani Jenkins (ankle) questionable for Week 11. Tue, Nov 17, 2015 04:17:00 PM

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Lions signed LB James-Michael Johnson.

Johnson was waived by the Jaguars last week. He'll contribute on special teams in the Motor City.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Jaguars waived ILB James-Michael Johnson.

Johnson appeared in two games with Jacksonville. He was cut by the Bucs earlier this season. 26-year-old Johnson should resurface on special teams.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Bucs waived/injured ILB James-Michael Johnson.

Claimed off waivers from the Chiefs nine days ago, Johnson didn't play a snap in Sunday's opener. He'll revert to injured reserve once he clears waivers. Johnson is a core special teamer who occasionally thumps as a linebacker on early downs.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Bucs claimed ILB James-Michael Johnson off waivers from the Chiefs.

Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, making nine starts. He was largely ineffective in 446 snaps on defense, but could be useful in a smaller role for defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith. At the very least, he'll contribute on special teams.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Chiefs placed ILB James-Michael Johnson on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Claimed off waivers from the Browns ahead of Week 1, Johnson appeared in all 16 games and notched 17 tackles while working mainly on special teams. Johnson has two years left on his rookie contract. LB Robert James was signed to take his place on the roster.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 02:29:00 PM

Chiefs claimed ILB James-Michael Johnson off waivers from the Browns.

Johnson is a solid two-down thumper. Browns DC Ray Horton didn't like his fit in his 3-4 defense. The Chiefs also run a 3-4 under DC Bob Sutton. Horton coveted ILB Craig Robertson's cover skills, but Kansas City is looking for someone to play the run next to Derrick Johnson while rookie Nico Johnson nurses a high-ankle sprain.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Browns waived or released LB James-Michael Johnson, OL Aaron Adams, DB Akeem Auguste, RB Jamaine Cook, DL Hall Davis, WR Tori Gurley, WR Naaman Roosevelt, DL Brian Sanford, and LB Justin Staples.

Johnson, the No. 120 overall pick in last year's draft, didn't fit in new DC Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. He'll likely draw some interest as a two-down thumper. Gurley has made his rounds around the league the last two years.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 06:09:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns LB James-Michael Johnson is "nowhere" in the team's plans and is likely to be cut.

Snap reaction after DC Ray Horton's hiring was that JMJ was the "top bet" to start at inside linebacker next to D'Qwell Jackson, but that appears to be far from the case. If the season were to start today, Craig Robertson would man that position. Johnson, the No. 120 overall pick last year, was viewed as a starter by the old regime, but he's "lost" in the new 3-4 defense. A two-down thumper, he'll be a nice addition to some team if he's indeed on the outs in Cleveland.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Browns LB James-Michael Johnson is a "top bet" to start at inside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 defense.

Johnson and D'Qwell Jackson are expected to man the inside spots, while the outside spots appear to be wide open aside from Jabaal Sheard, who will try to convert from 4-3 defensive end. Johnson ended his rookie year on injured reserve with a knee injury, but did not require surgery. He should be all set for OTAs.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Browns placed LB James-Michael Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The rookie fourth-rounder will not need surgery on the knee. Johnson started eight of 10 games this season, recording 36 tackles while playing primarily on early downs. With Scott Fujita's Cleveland career likely over and Chris Gocong's (Achilles) future in question, Johnson is a good bet to open the 2013 season as a starter. DE Hall Davis was elevated from the practice squad to take Johnson's roster spot.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 06:11:00 PM

Browns LB James-Michael Johnson (oblique) has resumed practicing after missing the first four games of the season.

The rookie fourth-rounder is expected to make his NFL debut this week as a special teamer "It's really good to get him back," DC Dick Jauron said. "It's his first full week back in practice. He's moving around really well. We're excited."
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 04:57:00 PM

Browns LB James-Michael Johnson (oblique) has been ruled out for Week 1.

Johnson could miss up to four weeks and hasn't been cleared to return to practice. Scott Fujita (leg) "most likely won't play" Sunday despite having his suspension overturned. Undrafted free agent L.J. Fort is expected to start for the Browns at strongside linebacker.
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 09:09:00 PM

Browns GM Tom Heckert characterized LB James-Michael Johnson's oblique injury as "nothing serious" and lists him as "day-to-day".

According to Heckert, it's a matter of Johnson managing the pain and, although he could make a quick return, it's certainly possible he misses a few weeks of the regular season. The Browns did sign Tank Carder, who could see a significant workload if Johnson misses time.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 12:19:00 PM

Browns rookie LB James-Michael Johnson could miss up to four weeks with an oblique injury.

With Chris Gocong (Achilles) done for the year and SLB Scott Fujita suspended the first three games, Johnson was ticketed for heavy snaps. It's a big blow for the Browns. Cleveland is surely scanning the waiver wire for linebacker depth.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 01:24:00 PM

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