Cincinnati Bengals right end Michael Johnson missed practice today as he hasn’t been medically cleared to participate in practice or play in games
Johnson suffered a concussion against the Cleveland Browns and approached the training staff after the game then was later diagnosed with a concussion. Since he’s complained of concussion like symptoms, he’ll have to undergo the leagues concussion protocol and wait to be cleared.
The Bengals who are currently sitting at 2-2 on the season, have a big game against the New England Patriots on Sunday and could be playing without Johnson in their starting lineup.
Johnson could possibly miss more than one game just like teammates Brandon Ghee and Carlos Dunlap who were forced to sit for multiple games during the pre-season.
Ghee actually missed three regular season games with his concussion, so right now the Bengals are hoping Johnson won’t have to do the same. But player safety always comes first so if it’s what he has to do, then nobody really has a choice.
Cincinnati’s defensive end is currently playing with a franchise tag and will become a free agent after the season is over. He currently has 1.5 sacks and 13 tackles. This is definitely a big blow to this Bengals pass rush if he misses Sunday.
Out at Bengals practice today … No DE Michael Johnson. Still under concussion protocol. Wouldn’t totally rule him out for Patriots yet tho
— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) October 4, 2013