George Johnson Placed On Injured Reserve

August 5th, 2016

Sacked for the year

The Bucs career of defensive end George Johnson, aka sackless George Johnson, appears to be over.

Johnson, 28, was assisted off the practice field yesterday with an injury, and it appears to be serious. This morning, Johnson was placed on injured reserve, which means he’s likely done for the year. We’ll now officially in early September.

The Bucs traded for Johnson last year after he had a six-sack season with the Lions in 2014. There were high hopes for him, but he didn’t record a sack with Tampa Bay, hence the nickname. Undrafted out of Rutgers, Johnson also was with the Bucs in 2011 and 2012.

Johnson had little chance of making this year’s roster. His contract was not guaranteed, so he represented a quality camp body. However, now his contract for this season ($2 million) likely is fully guaranteed.

Joe wishes Johnson well. Tough break for an especially nice guy.

24 Responses to “George Johnson Placed On Injured Reserve”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    What a great gig — no work, huge pay…..!

  2. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Tough blow. It’s not like we’re loaded on the DL this year too…. Hopefully new guy can step up and make a name for himself.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Oh well, what are you going to do? You win some, you lose some. Kind of an obscure player or his name wasn’t mentioned enough for me to pay that close of attention.

  4. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    I’m betting this wakes up the bean counters and suggests they consider the wisdom of keeping a guy with a sizable contract in training camp when they know he’s unlikely to make the team.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    It’s good to see that the Bucs did right by George Johnson by putting him on IR so that his contract will be fully guaranteed. This way he’ll be able to get the help that he’ll need in rehabbing and maybe be able to resume his career next year. Class action by the Bucs, and it speaks volumes about our ownership, management and coaching staff. Hope his injury is one that George can bounce back from and wish him well in his recovery.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    No offense but you are giving props to the bucs for no reason. he was injured during a regular team practice therefore they have NO choice but to put him on IR it’s in the CBA… Again this is not a choice they are following the rules.

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Great points! I think it sends a great message to our players and to any potential future FA’s.

  8. tmaxcon Says:


    All these warm and fuzzies are nice and all but they were just followed the rules… You guys are acting like they did something above and beyond. The bucs did not have a choice.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No player is fortunate to be injured…..but in Johnson’s case….he’s likely $2 million richer. He probably would have been cut.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    How convenient…for him.

  11. SB with Jameis Says:

    I hope nobody forgets to water him daily

  12. D-Rome Says:

    Too bad for him. I agree with Joe that his career is likely over.

  13. mike10 Says:

    Trade for Michael Bennett. They don’t want him, he wasn’t to be here… Do it

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe, could you please clarify something for me. If a player gets injured during practice, I was under the impression that they could reach an injury settlement with him and then cut ties with him. In other words, they don’t have to put him on IR and fully guarantee his contract. What were the Bucs options in other words?

  15. tmaxcon Says:

    DEfense Rules

    The way it was explained to me was if it’s a significant injury and they would be a certain number of weeks ( i don’t know actual number of weeks is the cutoff) then it’s IR… If there is a chance the player can return and catch on with another team then a injury settlement is an option that being said a settlement would have to be an agreement by BOTH parties…. NO team is going to sign George Johnson for more than league minimum so why would he or his reps even consider a settlement when they can just go to IR and get paid in full. I respect the fact that TBBF, StPete and yourself try to turn everything into a positive feel good story. not my nature but the world needs all types.

  16. theodore Says:

    With zero sacks for the upcoming 2016, he’ll still have the 2nd most sacks for the Bucs.

  17. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    This may seem heartless and I hope G Johnson a swift recovery, but I am glad it was a player who was not going to have an impact anyway

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    The great George Johnson.
    Hat tip incompetent Lovie Smith and his lapdog Licht too. Didn’t we bend over and squirt out a 5th round pick in addition to millions for this bum? Some real thorough talent eval going there Licht. What a savvy move.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    tmaxcon … It’s not about turning “everything into a positive feel good story.” You’ve heard it many times … a pessimist sees the glass as half empty and an optimist sees the glass as half full (the cynic by the way wonders who drank the other half). Guess I’m an optimist when it comes to tbe Bucs … even though I’ve ‘suffered through’ as many losing seasons as most Bucs fans. They’ve still got a number of improvements to make, and they still have to show all of us that they can win consistently, but the Bucs’ future looks a lot brighter now than it has for a number of years.

  20. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    More playing time for guys who have a chance to get at least one sack.

  21. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    I have the up most respect for optimists. Maybe even slightly jealous that I can’t buy in like you STPete, TBBF and a few others can. I have three negatives with the bucs that i am passionate about which don’t fit the standard narrative. I am not a fan of mccoy, don’t hate the guy but think he is very overrated. I don’t like people trying to make Murphy into something he is not. he is a 5 or 6 at best not a 3 or 4 thus making wr a need. finally trading glennon. not getting something in return for him is a huge mistake on bucs part. it would be one thing if bucs were going to superbowl. I generally agree and like most other topics. Not a huge vh3 guy but not a hater by any chance. Anyhow, i enjoy your outlook. I just see it a little differently. 1 more and for this week only i am really disturbed dungy is going in the hall because he is popular and not the most deserving. see tom flores.

  22. Pickgrin Says:

    I’ll be nice and say I hope he has a fast recovery.

    Of all our DEs that anyone has heard of – I’m glad it was sackless Johnson and not Ayers or Spence or Jac Smith.

  23. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Like our de situation. Gj seemed kinda useless. One of a number of injuries coming. This is why I didn’t like Aguayo pick. I’d rather add good depth than a kicker. Imo it would have been more prudent to add a wr and a dl guy. Like we are thin at dt and wr buyer didn’t have to be. There were good players out there – jarron reed, Sheldon day, pharaoh cooper etc..

  24. BucTrooper Says:

    Wow. Normally one has to be a card carrying Democrat to get pay and benefits like that by doing absolutely no work.