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Brandon Johnson
OLB #59
Height:
6-5
Weight:
245
College:
Louisville
Hometown:
Birmingham, AL
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 87 224 133 91 3.5 0 14 3 0 47 -- 35
2012 PIT 14 10 4 6 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CIN 16 31 20 11 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CIN 16 38 19 19 0.5 -- 3 1 0 12 12 12
2009 CIN 16 58 40 18 1.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CIN 16 83 46 37 1.5 -- 4 2 0 35 17.5 35
2007 ARI 6 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 ARI 3 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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2011 HIGHLIGHTS: Logged regular season total of 34 tackles and three passes defensed, and had five tackles and a forced fumble on special teams ... Had three QB pressures and one tackle for loss ... Supported effort for Bengals defense to finish season ranked seventh in NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (316.3), 10th in fewest rushing yards allowed (104.7), fourth in fewest yards allowed per offensive play (5.0), eighth in fewest yards per rushing play (3.9) and fifth in total sacks (45) … Had seven tackles (tied for front-seven lead) Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis... Had team-leading nine tackles in start Oct. 30 at Seattle, including one for loss ... Recorded five tackles and pass defensed Nov. 6 at Tennessee, including deflected pass on third down to force punt in first quarter ... Two tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston, along with team-leading three special teams tackles and special teams forced fumble (Texans recovered) ... Five tackles Dec. 18 at St. Louis, with one special teams tackle ... Played (no statistics) in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston.

Johnson re-signed with Bengals as an unrestricted free agent on 8-3-11 and played his fourth Cincinnati season, after playing two years with Arizona ... Has played in all 66 Bengals games (including postseason) since 2008, longest participation streak on current team ... Backed up all three LB spots in 2010, playing in every game and starting three ... Voted as special teams captain for 2010.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: Logged regular season total of 34 tackles and three passes defensed, and had five tackles and a forced fumble on special teams ... Had three QB pressures and one tackle for loss ... Supported effort for Bengals defense to finish season ranked seventh in NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (316.3), 10th in fewest rushing yards allowed (104.7), fourth in fewest yards allowed per offensive play (5.0), eighth in fewest yards per rushing play (3.9) and fifth in total sacks (45) … Had seven tackles (tied for front-seven lead) Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis... Had team-leading nine tackles in start Oct. 30 at Seattle, including one for loss ... Recorded five tackles and pass defensed Nov. 6 at Tennessee, including deflected pass on third down to force punt in first quarter ... Two tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston, along with team-leading three special teams tackles and special teams forced fumble (Texans recovered) ... Five tackles Dec. 18 at St. Louis, with one special teams tackle ... Played (no statistics) in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Became a restricted free agent on March 5, and re-signed with Bengals on April 15 … Led team with 12 tackles Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, and intercepted Joe Flacco pass in fourth quarter, with a 12-yard return to Ravens 11 to set up a FG … Seven tackles and a special teams tackle Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh … Started at WLB on Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, recording five tackles, a pass defensed and a shared sack of Peyton Manning … Three tackles, two QB pressures and a special teams tackle Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh … Two tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, and his four special teams tackles were Bengals single-game high for season … Recorded two tackles (both for loss) and a special teams tackle Jan. 2 at Baltimore.

2009 - Had six tackles Oct. 4 at Cleveland, including four-yard loss against RB Jerome Harrison in overtime, helping force a punt … Had six tackles Oct. 18 vs. Houston, and recovered a fumble from RB Steve Slaton at Bengals 29 in fourth quarter … Also vs. Houston, tied for team lead in special-teams tackles (three) … Had two tackles and team-leading two special-teams tackles Oct. 25 vs. Chicago … Had team-leading nine tackles after replacing injured starter Keith Rivers in third quarter Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore, and his 1.5 sacks included a seven-yarder on third down in third quarter, forcing a punt … Also vs. Baltimore, had team-high three QB pressures … Started Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland, and posted 13 total tackles on a day when no other Bengal topped six … Had eight solos vs. Cleveland, and contributed to defensive yield of just 169 net yards, fewest yards allowed by a Bengals defense since 1983 (154 at Pittsburgh on 12-4-83) … On Dec. 13 at Minnesota, his QB pressure on Brett Favre in the first quarter helped cause CB Leon Hall’s INT … In Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets, led team in passes defensed (two), tied for lead in special-teams tackles (two) and had four tackles on defense.

2008 - Gave the offense possession with a fourth-down pass defensed Sept. 7 vs. Baltimore, and also had three tackles ... On Oct. 19 vs. Pittsburgh, replaced injured Keith Rivers early in first quarter and tied for team lead in tackles with 10 ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, tied for team lead in tackles (12) and recorded two QB hurries ... On Nov. 16 vs. Philadelphia, tied for team tackles lead for third time in four weeks, logging eight, and had his first career INT, setting up Bengals only TD drive as he returned it 35 yards to Eagles 49 in second quarter ... Also vs. Philadelphia had a tackle-for-loss, which forced Eagles to punt on their first possession in OT ... On Nov. 20 at Pittsburgh, led LBs with seven tackles, including two for-losses ... On Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, tied the team season high for tackles (17) and tied team best in solos (10) ... Credited with one solo sack of Joe Flacco and one shared sack in the Ravens game ... On Dec. 14 vs. Washington, posted his fourth double-digit tackles game of the season, with 13 ... On Dec. 21 at Cleveland, his INT at Bengals 33 with just over three minutes to play snuffed Browns’ last hope for comeback from 14-0 deficit ... Also at Cleveland, tied for team lead in tackles (15), passes defensed (three) and special-teams tackles (two).

2007 - Saw action in six games for Arizona, with six special teams tackles ... Made his '07 debut in Game 7, Oct. 21 at Washington, with one special teams stop ... Logged two special teams tackles in a pair of games, Nov. 4 at Tampa Bay and Dec. 2 vs. Cleveland ... One special teams stop against Bengals on Nov. 18 ... Inactive for Games 1, 2-6, 9 and 14-16 ... Released by Cardinals on Sept. 12 and was not with team for Game 2, but was re-signed on Sept. 18.

2006 - Drafted by Arizona in fifth round (142nd overall) ... Played in three games, with two special teams tackles ... Made NFL debut in Game 8, Oct. 29 at Green Bay ... Also played Dec. 24 at San Francisco and Dec. 31 at San Diego; had his two tackles in the Chargers game.

COLLEGE: Played in 50 games with 31 starts over four seasons at Louisville ... Logged 240 tackles with 7.5 sacks ... Scored three TDs - on an interception, a blocked punt and a fumble return ... Led the team in tackles (72) as a senior ... Tied for the national lead with three blocked punts as a freshman.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Birmingham, Ala. … Attended Minor High School in Adamsville, Ala., where he lettered three times in football and in basketball while making the academic honor roll.

 

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