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Thread: Michael Johnson expected to miss multiple weeks with knee injury

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    Michael Johnson expected to miss multiple weeks with knee injury

    Posted by Josh Alper on September 14, 2018, 11:17 AM EDT

    The Bengals moved to 2-0 on Thursday night, but their attempt to move to 3-0 will likely take place without the help of defensive end Michael Johnson.

    Johnson left the game with a knee injury and the team’s website reports that he has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The report goes on to say that Johnson will probably miss at least a couple of games while he recovers.

    The Bengals are on the road for games against the Panthers and Falcons the next two weeks before returning home to play the Dolphins. Carlos Dunlap, Sam Hubbard, Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson will hold down the fort at defensive end as long as Johnson is out.

    Center Billy Price also left Thursday night’s game and the team said he suffered a sprained ankle. There’s no word on his outlook, but he’ll have more than a week to get ready for Carolina.

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    Putting MJ's injury concerns aside for a moment.....I strongly believe that Hubbard shifting to the fast track is the best thing that could have happened to this team. IMO the Bengals have so much respect for MJ's character they were ignoring the immediate upgrade Hubbard provides. The injury forced the Bengals to do what should have been done at the start. As predicted....they were immediately rewarded.

    Torch passed.

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    Per MJ...

    Mild sprain. Projected to miss 3 to 4 weeks. Long enough for Hubbard, Willis, and Lawson to get longer looks but probably not long enough to put MJ's roster spot at risk.

    Bengals still have all the makings of a feel good story here.

    In a few weeks I expect the Bengals to collectively throw their arms wide and welcome him back as a true backup.

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    Given that MJ appears to have a valuable mentor role in the locker-room and his admirable off-field community work, this injury is probably the best case scenario to ease him to the back-up role he needs to have while continuing to be valuable for the other stuff. And, I do think they will need his 20-25 snaps a game later in the year to keep Hubbard from getting run down over the long season.


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