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Bucs' Michael Johnson makes big splash in return from injury

Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets wrapped up by Michael Johnson during the second quarter. [Getty Images]
Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets wrapped up by Michael Johnson during the second quarter. [Getty Images]
Published Sep. 28, 2014

Limited by an ankle injury in the first three games, Bucs DE Michael Johnson made a big splash in Sunday's win against the Steelers, getting two sacks and forcing a fumble that set up the team's first touchdown.

"It felt good. The other guys did a great job freeing me up, of getting on the ball when it came out," Johnson said of his sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the third play of the game. "The offense did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunity."

Roethlisberger had been sacked by DT Gerald McCoy on second down, and Johnson followed on a third-and-16 play, forcing a fumble that DE Jacquies Smith recovered. Two plays later, the Bucs scored on a touchdown pass to WR Mike Evans for a 7-0 lead.

Johnson would add another sack in the second quarter, and the Bucs finished the first half with five sacks, one off the team's most in any half in the last 24 seasons. Scott Solomon and Da'Quan Bowers also had sacks.

"Everybody did a great job of fighting and working their tails off and continuing to rush and just believe," Johnson said. "The coverage did a good job of making him hold the ball, so we put together the rush with the coverage. There's even more out there for us to get — we can do even better, but I'm excited about how we're jelling."

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