What Bengals would be missing if Michael Johnson is out

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Jul 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson walks off the field during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

 

Michael Johnson has been a force on the Cincinnati Bengals defensive line through the first month of this season, as he’s been a constant presence in opponent’s backfield and a terror off the edge.

Needless to say, his presence has helped the Bengals defense ranks among the NFL’s elite, and having him to put pressure on Tom Brady this Sunday will be crucial in defeating the unbeaten New England Patriots.

But after news came out yesterday that he was being treated for a concussion just five days ago against the Cleveland Browns, the likelihood of him playing Sunday dropped significantly. The Bengals found out about Johnson’s injury after Sunday’s game, when Johnson went to trainers expressing concern that he had a concussion. They ran tests and concluded that he was indeed concussed.

Three weeks ago, in Cincinnati’s Monday night win over Pittsburgh, he left the game to be evaluated for concussion-like symptoms after hitting his head at the end of a sack. He was cleared to return.

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