Michael Johnson DL TB 16 Days

Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Johnson is hit or miss, sack-wise, and IDP owners may want to look elsewhere with a difficult matchup on tap. Through four games, Saints standout QB Drew Brees has been sacked a mere four times.

Michael Johnson DL TB 17 Days

Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Johnson logged limited practices Thursday and Friday, so he seems to have a pretty good shot at starting Sunday's game. He's coming off an impressive two-sack game against Pittsburgh.

Michael Johnson DL TB 18 Days

Johnson (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice.

Johnson bumped up from no participation Wednesday, which can be considered a rest day. If he's able to suit up Sunday at New Orleans, he'll be hard-pressed to bring down Drew Brees, who has been sacked just four times in four contests this season.

Michael Johnson DL TB 19 Days

Johnson (ankle) didn't partake in practice Wednesday.

Johnson's season has so far been a roller coaster, with one absence and two signature IDP performances through four games. He has 11 tackles (seven solo), two sacks, and one forced fumble to his name, meaning owners should monitor his status as the week carries on.

Michael Johnson DL TB 21 Days

Johnson recorded his first two sacks of the season and added three more tackles Sunday in a 27-24 win over the Steelers.

His game Sunday was a departure from his first two games of the season -- both losses -- in which he was mostly ineffective. He now has 11 total tackles in three games this season.

Michael Johnson DL TB 22 Days

Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

The Bucs' high-priced offseason signing was questionable heading into Sunday after practicing on a limited basis this week, but he figures to slot back into a starting role against Pittsburgh. Like many of his defensive mates, Johnson was a non-factor in the Bucs' Week 3 blowout loss to the Falcons, though his ineffectiveness may be partially attributed to the ankle injury. With nine days to recover from that debacle, expect Johnson to make more of an impact in Week 4.

Michael Johnson DL TB 24 Days

Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Johnson played through the injury against the Falcons last week, but he lasted just six snaps. The fact that he's still hobbled over a week later is concerning, and it probably makes him a risky IDP play even if he suits up Sunday.

Michael Johnson DL TB 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.