Baltimore Ravens starting Outside Linebacker Jarret Johnson, to the surprise of many, was absent from practice on Sunday and Monday at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills.
Johnson, 30, is dealing with a back injury, but returned to practice on Tuesday and told reporters he has every intention of suiting up for tomorrow night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
In Edward Lee’s Baltimore Sun article, here’s what Johnson had to say regarding his injured back and his status for tomorrow night’s contest:
“I feel good,” Johnson told a group of reporters. “I really want to play in this game, I didn’t want to come out and do something where … The third preseason game is the biggest thing for the starters, and it being the Redskins, kind of a little rivalry, so I really wanted to play in this game.”
Johnson has been the quiet iron man for this franchise. Last year, Johnson established a club record by playing in his 113th consecutive game. It was also the fourth straight year the Alabama product played in all 16 games.
This is certainly encouraging news for both Johnson and the Ravens. That being said, don’t expect to see Johnson in the game as long as some of the other defensive starters.
The Ravens understand what they have in Johnson and know what he can do for this team. When Johnson is lifted from tomorrow night’s game, look for both Sergio Kindle and Paul Kruger to fill that void.