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Top A.J. Johnson News

  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Moved to IR

    Johnson (pectoral) was moved to injured reserve Tuesday.

    The linebacker suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in Week 6 versus the Raiders, so the move to the IR was an expected one. Johnson finishes his 2021 campaign with 32 tackles, two sacks, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery. Justin Strnad and Micah Kiser will operate as the Broncos' top inside linebacker options moving forward.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Tears pec, out for season

    Johnson suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday's loss to the Raiders and will be sidelined for the rest of the season, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

    The Broncos were bracing for the worst after sending Johnson in for an MRI on Monday, and as feared, his 2021 campaign is over. Denver now has lost both of its top insider linebackers to torn pecs, as Josey Jewell previously went on injured reserve after Week 2. Johnson is expected to undergo surgery to address the injury soon, and the Broncos' depth in the middle will be further challenged in the short term with Baron Browning (concussion) also ruled out for a Week 7 matchup with the Browns. Expect Justin Strnad and Micah Kiser to serve as the team's starting inside linebackers Thursday.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Won't come back Sunday

    Johnson (chest) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Raiders.

    Johnson is now the third Broncos linebacker ruled out for the game, as depth options Baron Browning (concussion) and Andre Mintze (hamstring) are also out. Micah Kiser should take over at inside linebacker in the meantime.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: MRI on tap

    Johnson will get an MRI on Monday to confirm the nature of what appears to be a pectoral injury, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports

    Klis said the injury would be "devastating" to Johnson as well as the Denver defense if confirmed. With multiple other injuries at the position, the Broncos may need to look to their practice squad or the free-agent wire for replacement options.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Records eight tackles Sunday

    Johnson posted eight tackles (six solo), a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Steelers.

    For the second straight week, Johnson racked up eight tackles in a loss. Sunday, he tied safety Justin Simmons for the team lead in stops. Next up for Johnson and the Denver defense is a divisional showdown against the Raiders in Week 6.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Notches eight tackles

    Johnson made eight tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Ravens.

    Johnson set a season high with eight tackles against the Ravens. The 29-year-old linebacker is coming off a 124-tackle season, but he has gotten off to a slow pace to start the 2021 campaign. If he can build off his Week 4 performance, then he be a viable fantasy option for the remainder of the season.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Two sacks against Jets

    Johnson posted five solo tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup in Sunday's 26-0 win over the Jets.

    Johnson has underwhelmed in the tackling department this season with just 12 tackles through three games after piling up 124 stops last year. He has never produced more than 1.5 sacks in a season, so Sunday's performance should be considered more of a fluke than anything sustainable. Fantasy managers who invested in Johnson may want to hold for now, especially with the run-heavy Ravens coming to town in Week 4.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Officially tendered

    The Broncos placed a second-round tender on Johnson on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

    This move was expected, as it offers the Broncos the right of first refusal if Johnson receives an offer sheet on the open market. Johnson will receive $3.3 million in base salary in 2021 unless a better offer comes around, though that seems unlikely given that the other team would forfeit a second-round pick to the Broncos by signing him. Johnson led the team with 124 tackles last season, and he's poised to be a full-time starter again next year.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Likely catching second-round tender

    The Broncos are expected to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent Johnson, Zac Stevens of reports.

    Johnson's base salary for a one-year deal will now be set at $3.3 million, as Denver takes an initial step toward retaining its leading tackler from a season ago. Additionally, should Johnson leave town for an offer the Broncos prove unwilling to match, a second-round pick will be coming back Denver's way. GM George Patton still may aspire to add an effective coverage linebacker to the fold during free agency or the draft. With the second-round tender commitment to Johnson, it becomes more taxing to pry away one of the team's surest run stoppers.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Leads team in tackles for 2020

    Johnson finished the 2020 season with 124 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and six passes defensed.

    Johnson had big shoes to fill after the Broncos made the surprise decision to move on from Todd Davis. He ended up filling in admirably, leading the team in tackles for the first time in his career while also helping out in the passing game and delivering some big hits. His ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him a strong fit for Vic Fangio's scheme, which relies on athletic inside-linebacker play. He figures to try to repeat his performance in 2021 as -- with little depth behind him -- the team is likely to tender him at a competitive level.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Stacks up eight stops

    Johnson made eight tackles (seven solo) and forced a fumble in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints.

    Johnson popped the ball out of Latavius Murray's hands on the Saints' second offensive drive to record his second forced fumble of the year. The 28-year-old linebacker also reached the eight-tackle threshold for the sixth time in seven games, continuing to provide fantasy managers a solid floor. Johnson has 92 tackles through 11 games, sitting just one stop shy of tying his career high in the category.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Piles up nine stops

    Johnson made nine tackles -- one for a loss -- in Sunday's 18-12 win over the Patriots.

    Johnson leads the Broncos with 38 total tackles through five games, and he's added a sack as well. The 28-year-old linebacker posted 93 tackles last season, and now he's taken another step, leaving him on pace for 121 stops this year. Johnson plays nearly every snap since Todd Davis is no longer in Denver, and the production has followed, so fantasy managers in IDP formats should have their eyes on him.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Eight tackles Sunday

    Johnson recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Steelers.

    Johnson tied safety Justin Simmons for team lead in tackles Sunday, playing every defensive snap as a staple of the Broncos' defense. Johnson was a breakout candidate prior to the season and, barring injuries, looks well on his way to surpassing the 100-tackle threshold in 2020.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Piles up 12 stops

    Johnson recorded a team-high 12 tackles in Monday's 16-13 loss to the Titans.

    The 28-year-old linebacker posted 93 tackles over 15 games last season, and the release of Todd Davis earlier in September provided Johnson a chance to break out further in 2020. He's taking advantage early, as he was all over the field in the primetime showdown. Johnson played all 81 snaps Monday, and, if he suits up in 16 games this year, he should easily surpass the 100-tackle threshold.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Emerges as Denver's find of 2019

    Johnson tallied 93 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and three passes defensed in 2019.

    Believing Johnson to be too raw, head coach Vic Fangio did not have Johnson suit up for a game until Week 5 against the Chargers. He quickly responded with a clutch interception in the end zone against Los Angeles and 1.5 sacks against Tennessee the following week. The Broncos caught a lot of flack for not drafting an inside linebacker in the 2019 draft, but Johnson seems to be the kind of stat-sheet filling weapon that the Broncos needed to complement Todd Davis, who is at his best playing downhill. The Broncos might add some depth to the linebacking corps in the offseason, but Johnson -- who is under contract for another season before hitting restricted free agency -- seems to be the future at the position in Denver.

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  • Broncos' Alexander Johnson: Clear of injury designation

    Johnson (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

    Johnson began the week as a limited practice participant but will be good to go for Week 15. The 27-year-old has been battling the knee issue for the last few weeks, but the injury hasn't forced him to miss any games.

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