Michael Johnson DL TB 1 Day

Johnson (ankle) is not included on the Buccaneers' inactive list for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Johnson missed Tampa Bay's Week 2 game due to an ankle injury and was limited in practice this week, but will be ready for kickoff Thursday. The Buccaneers' expensive offseason signing will be going against a Falcons' offensive line that has also been banged-up to begin this season.

Michael Johnson DL TB 3 Days

Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest in Atlanta, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Johnson was a limited participant in practice all week but doesn't seem in danger of missing a second outing in a row. He's a viable pass-rushing threat at defensive end, after racking up 21 sacks over the last three seasons (47 games).

Michael Johnson DL TB 3 Days

Johnson (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

After sitting out in Week 2, Johnson's return is an encouraging sign for the Buccaneers' pass rush heading into Thursday's contest in Atlanta. With Gerald McCoy sidelined due to a broken hand and William Gholston limited in practice due to a shoulder injury, Johnson would represent one of the defense's true threats to Matt Ryan, after tallying 21 sacks during the past three seasons (47 games). Nevertheless, Johnson's availability may remain in question until a short time before Thursday's kickoff.

Michael Johnson DL TB 4 Days

Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson missed last Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but could be ready to return this Thursday against the Falcons. Should he do so, Johnson would help a Buccaneers' defense already without Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Mason Foster (shoulder), and possibly Gerald McCoy (hand).

Michael Johnson DL TB 7 Days

Johnson (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

With Johnson and Adrian Clayborn (biceps) out, the Tampa Bay edge rush might struggle to push the pocket Sunday.

Michael Johnson DL TB 1 Month

Coach Lovie Smith said Johnson sat out practice Tuesday with a knee bruise, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

There is no further word on the severity of the injury, but for now, consider the 6-7, 270-pound lineman day-to-day. Johnson -- who signed a five-year, $43.75 million deal in the offseason -- is expected to be a vital cog along the defensive line, a unit that will undoubtedly be one of the team's strengths in 2014.

Michael Johnson DL TB 6 Months

Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year, $43.75 million contract.

The deal includes $24 million guaranteed, the fourth-highest figure among defensive ends. Johnson will slide in at right end opposite Adrian Clayborn in Tampa, making Da'Quan Bowers a backup. With Johnson, Clayborn, and DT Gerald McCoy in the fold, the Bucs should be able to get more consistent pressure from the front four. Johnson has 21 sacks the past three seasons.

Michael Johnson DL TB 6 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs are in "serious discussions" with free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This meshes with CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora's report from Monday that the Bucs are considered the "frontrunners" for Johnson. He's expected to command over $8 million per year. Johnson would slide in at right end in Tampa.

Michael Johnson DL TB 6 Months

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bucs are the "frontrunners" for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Bucs connected to Johnson. Tampa Bay badly needs edge rushers, and Johnson would certainly fill the role. He's expected to command over $8 million annually and is our top free agent defensive end available. Johnson is equally efficient against the run.

Michael Johnson DL TB 6 Months

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings are "definitely" out of the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

GM Rick Spielman inked RE Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million deal over the weekend, and he'll slide in as the starter opposite LE Brian Robison. Johnson will still have a robust market without the Vikings' inclusion. After the Bears failed to sign DE Michael Bennett away from Seattle, they could turn to Johnson.