Michael Johnson DL TB 19 Hrs

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 2 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 4 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 12 Days

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 13 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 14 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 14 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 18 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 7 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.