Johnson Broke His Hand, “Ankle Is Fine”

November 20th, 2014

michael johnson 1014Joe’s really unsure how to feel about Michael Johnson.

He’s dealing with a healing broken hand, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier revealed today. But Johnson played through it against the Redskins. Presumably, he broke it before the Falcons-Bucs game two weeks ago.

“Now with the broken hand, it limits him again just like the ankle did. So he’s playing through things. Hopefully, I don’t know the timeframe to get the cast off, but hopefully it will get to the point where he can grip and, you know, move people around with his hands now that his legs are fine, his ankle is fine. Just being able to use his hands and grab guys and push. You need to be able to do that in our business. But it limits him. He’s given us what he has, and that was good enough this past Sunday, and we’re going to need him again this Sunday.”

Johnson was poor through most of the first half against Washington, but turned it on late. That told Joe he was capable player Sunday.

Against the Falcons, Johnson was inactive with a hand injury that was somewhat mysterious because the Bucs didn’t publicly reveal it was broken.

Of course, Gerald McCoy battled a broken hand bone this season, as did Warren Sapp years ago en route to a standout year. Vincent Jackson has played through a broken wrist this season, pretty stunning for a receiver.

Johnson is practicing fully, as of yesterday.

Joe’s just glad to hear Frazier say Johnson’s ankle is fine. That’s one less excuse and will make it easier to evaluate Johnson over the Bucs’ final six games.

13 Responses to “Johnson Broke His Hand, “Ankle Is Fine””

  1. Bear the Bucs Says:

    He’s also broken a few Buc’s hearts as well.

  2. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    He got a sack last week but he still wasn’t getting anything done 90% of plays. If I remember correctly, most of the times RGIII was able to actually scramble away, it was to Johnson’s side.

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I still think he needs a year to adjust to the system.the injuries constantly happening are a concwrn, but at least hecan play thru this one.

    Takes about 6-8 weeks toget acast off, right? GMC ahould be getting closer to that now.

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Hopefully it’s not his gun holding hand. He needs to keep picking up those paychecks with said gun and a ski mask.

  5. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Perfect! Get Gohlston, Smith and English on the field more.

  6. NewTampaChris Says:

    A broken hand should not lead to the lack of effort that I personally witnessed on Sunday.

  7. Brandon Says:

    Usually, Johnson and two of his defensive line mates were instructed to push the pocket and stay in lanes while one player would run the arc around the edge and try to force Griffin to step up. It was clear that the Bucs were using this technique on almost all passing downs. So sorry that many of you lack the insight and knowledge to know that he was just doing his job and was doing it pretty well.

  8. oldfart44 Says:


    Fully agree with you on that one. That’s all I’m going to say.

  9. DallasBuc Says:

    The excuses that are peddled on this site for that waste of a FA is beyond reason. The man has zero talent and we paid him to showcase it. Thanks LovieDovie!

  10. canadian bucsfan Says:

    @ Brandon.
    You have excuses for when a back runs up the A-gap and he pulls of his block and does a slow ass jog in pursuit.

  11. teacherman777 Says:


    and all the other negative fans

    Who wants to bet me that Michael Johnson will finish with 10 sacks??

    I would bet any of you fools, that by the end of the season, he will have 10 sacks.

    Any takers?

  12. nate Says:

    Mj is a bust dont know y we still even talk about this guy……lets start finding out about jaquise smith…..

  13. BoJim Says:

    I thought we signed him as a speed rusher? A cast shouldn’t alter his game that much. That is if he had said speed.