Former Bengals Willie Anderson and Landon Johnson both went down with injuries in yesterday’s playoff games.
Ravens RT Anderson suffered a neck stinger, but returned to the field. Baltimore toppled top AFC seed Tennessee 13-10, sending Big Willie to his first-ever AFC Championship game.
Panthers LB Johnson was carted off with a hip injury, and did not return. It’s a lousy end to the season for Johnson, whose Panthers were shelled by the visiting Cardinals 33-13. Final verdict: Johnson left Cincinnati in March in search of a starting spot, which the Bengals, eyeing Keith Rivers in the draft, would not guarantee him. Thus he turned down a matching offer from the Bengals and went to Caolina — where he played solely on special teams, registering just a handful of tackles and a forced fumble. Ironically, had he stayed in Cincy, he likely would have been the starter on the weak side after Rivers went down with a busted jaw. It would have been nice to keep him, but in the end the Bengals didn’t miss Landon a bit.