Johnson returned to Monday's game against the Lions after clearing the league's concussion protocol, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Johnson took a hard hit from Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay in the first half, but after passing the necessary tests, he's back in the game. Darryl Roberts will head back to the bench with Johnson returning to the field.
Johnson strained his hamstring in Thursday's preseason loss at Washington, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. After six productive years with the Rams, Johnson landed in New York in the offseason on a five-year, $72.5 million contract. Such an investment would behoove the Jets to be cautious with the 28-year-old cornerback, who coach Todd Bowles said Saturday will "hopefully" return in the near future.
The Jets are in line to sign Johnson, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The best cornerback on the market this offseason, Johnson has a seven-interception campaign (2015) and three years with 60-plus tackles (2013, 2015, 2017) on his resume. Expect the 28-year-old to slot in opposite Buster Skrine this season and beyond as he looks to uphold a contract with an average annual value of $15 million per year, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Johnson (stinger) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Week 15's matchup against the Seahawks, Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reports. With the Rams already having lost fellow cornerback Kayvon Webster (Achilles) for the year, having Johnson back against Seattle will be a huge boost for the Rams' secondary. The cornerback has one forced fumble, two interceptions and 13 passes defended on the year heading into Week 15.
Johnson recorded two tackles, returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble that he also recovered during Sunday's win over Indianapolis. Johnson set the tone early with his pick-six, and then he curbed another Indianapolis drive by stripping the ball from T.Y. Hilton and recovering the fumble. Now in his sixth season, Johnson has emerged as one of the best shut-down corners in the league. But unfortunately, that will likely limit his fantasy upside, as opposing offenses look to avoid him and target softer down-field matchups. As a result, Johnson will probably have difficulty posting anything better than serviceable fantasy numbers most weeks.
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