After tearing his Achilles in Week 1 of the 2014 season, veteran linebacker
Johnson did participate in minicamp and OTAs, but he said it's not quite the same, from a competition perspective or the opportunity to test his fitness.
"You can't back off, you have to be ready when you come here for training camp," Johnson said. "I will be smart and listen to my body at times when I am tired, but coach [Andy] Reid runs a hard camp. If you take it easy during the summertime and save too much of your body, you'll be a little bit behind."
Johnson missed 15 games last year because of a torn Achilles, but is sitting out because of knee inflammation on the same leg.
But at least Poe got some reps - the team also confirmed that linebacker
For the first time since suffering a torn Achilles last season,
"It means a lot," he said. "Even though it's just OTAs, I'm a veteran, I've been to OTAs a lot, but at the same time, after being out a year, I need this time. This is going to help me get back to form and when the 2015 season comes around I'll be going."
Despite getting on the field for the first time since suffering the injury in the first game of last season, Johnson said he was more concerned with how he performed than the injury.
"A lot of people asked me, 'You ready to go today?' and I was more worried about dropping the ball when I jumped a route—that's what I was worried about."
"Derrick is obviously one of the greatest inside linebackers to ever play for the club and there are some pretty good ones, if you go back in time," team chairman Clark Hunt said. "In terms of the modern era of the Chiefs, it’s hard to think about the club without thinking about Derrick at inside linebacker. He’s a great leader, he’s a tremendous person, represents the club well on and off the field. We’re looking forward to having him back this year, hopefully good as new. You mentioned that his contract is up this year. There will be a point in time where we address that. But it just hasn’t been germane to this point."
Johnson missed last season due to a torn Achilles tendon and has a cap number of $5.2 million this season.
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