BEREA, OH - MAY 12: Linebacker James-Michael Johnson #50 of the Cleveland Browns runs drills during the second day of minicamp at Cleveland Browns training facility on May 12, 2012 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
James-Michael Johnson will miss up to four weeks with an injury, another blow to Cleveland's paper-thin LB depth. We break down the fantasy implications.
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports that Browns LB James-Michael Johnson will miss up to four weeks with an oblique injury he suffered in the preseason finale Thursday night. Johnson hurt his leg in the second quarter and only stayed in for one play before leaving for the locker room. The fourth-round rookie was set to take over for Scott Fujita while he serves a three-game suspension for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.
Analysis: Terrible news for Cleveland's LB depth. They already lost starting WLB Chris Gocong to a torn Achilles in training camp, and have nobody behind Fujita and Johnson on the strong side. It will be up to D'Qwell Jackson, Kaluka Maiava, L.J. Fort and Craig Robertson to hold down the unit at the beginning of the season. Stay far away, fantasy owners.