AFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 10-7-0
4-2-0 9-7-1
3-3-0 8-9-0
1-5-0 8-9-0

2021 Rushing

Rushing Attempts
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Longest Rush
Fumbles Lost
Regular Season 100 534 5.3 3 30 0

Top D'Ernest Johnson News

  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Eclipses century mark in win

    Johnson rushed 25 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for 10 yards in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

    With nothing to play for in terms of the postseason and backup Case Keenum helming the offense, head coach Kevin Stefanski opted to give some other reserves a chance to showcase their skills, and Johnson cashed in nicely on the opportunity. The talented 25-year-old already had demonstrated his ability to serve as a legitimate lead back when called upon earlier this season, so his strong showing against a short-handed Bengals defense looking ahead to the playoffs wasn't completely surprising. Johnson finishes the season with 534 rushing yards and another 137 yards through the air, but with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in front of him, his path to meaningful playing time could well continue to hinge on injuries in front of him if he remains in Cleveland. However, Johnson is a restricted free agent, so there's a chance he did enough this season to warrant interest from other clubs depending on the qualifying offer the Browns extend.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Available for Week 18

    Johnson is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

    Johnson was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, and with Kareem Hunt (ankle) inactive, the stage is set for Johnson to be available to work behind Nick Chubb in the Browns' Week 18 backfield, with Demetric Felton on hand in reserve.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Set to play

    Cleveland activated Johnson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

    Johnson will be available for Sunday's season finale against the Bengals, though he may not be in store for a major role since lead back Nick Chubb carries no injury designation after being limited in practice all week due to rib and chest injuries. Meanwhile, No. 2 back Kareem Hunt is listed as questionable with the ankle injury that has sidelined him since Week 14. Expect more clarification on Johnson's role once Cleveland releases its inactive list prior to the team's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Tests positive for virus

    Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he tested positive for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    According to Jake Trotter of, Johnson is vaccinated, so he'll be eligible to come off the list as soon as he's deemed asymptomatic or is able to turn in consecutive negative test results at least 24 hours apart. He should have a shot at being reinstated to the roster prior to Sunday's game against the Bengals, though he'll almost certainly miss practice time while following the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols. Even if he gets cleared to suit up in the season finale, Johnson could be in store for a small role out of the backfield if both Nick Chubb (ribs) and Kareem Hunt (ankle) are able to play through their respective injuries.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: More snaps than Chubb

    Johnson carried five times for 13 yards and caught one of three targets for one yard in Monday's 26-14 loss to the Steelers. He also returned five kickoffs for 113 yards.

    Johnson was on the field for 39 snaps, nine more than starter Nick Chubb, who was apparently banged up earlier in the contest, per a report from Zac Jackson of The Athletic. Chubb managed to stay in the game, but coach Kevin Stefanski shied away from the running attack, and quarterback Baker Mayfield paid for it in the form of nine sacks and 11 quarterback hits. If Chubb is unavailable next week or the Browns choose to rest him, Johnson will be in line for a large workload in Week 18 against the Bengals.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Given five touches in loss

    Johnson had four carries for 58 yards and caught one of two targets for eight yards in Week 16's 24-22 loss to the Packers on Saturday.

    Johnson's day included a huge 3rd-and-10 conversion on which he rushed 30 yards to the Green Bay five-yard line and set up the Browns' final score. He served as Nick Chubb's backup for the third consecutive game with Kareem Hunt sidelined by an ankle injury and placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Johnson's seen exactly five touches in all three games, and he has emerged as a competent backup with starter potential in his third NFL season. He'll never usurp the primary role from Chubb, but Johnson is averaging 5.5 yards per carry during his career and hasn't taken the number of hits that other running backs have absorbed over 47 career games.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Five touches behind Chubb

    Johnson rushed once for minus-2 yards and caught all four of his targets for 17 yards in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.

    Johnson was a non-factor on the ground behind workhorse Nick Chubb, who mustered 91 yards and a touchdown on 23 rushing attempts. He played a scaled-down version of the third-down back role normally occupied by Kareem Hunt, who's currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list while also dealing with an ankle injury, and Johnson actually tied Donovan Peoples-Jones for the team lead in catches. Given his role in this one, Johnson will be tough to trust Week 16 against the Packers, even if Hunt isn't ready to return.

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  • Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

    Johnson and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

    Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Since Kareem Hunt isn't in line to play Week 15 after failing to practice this week due to an ankle injury before being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Johnson has a clear path to the No. 2 role out of the backfield behind starter Nick Chubb.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 208 lbs
Birthplace: Immokalee, FL
Age: 25
School: South Florida
Experience: 3