Bengals’ DL Johnson injures knee

Published 12:22 am Monday, August 3, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his right knee during practice on Sunday and was taken off the field on a cart.

Doctors initially thought the injury wasn’t serious. He was sent for tests. The injury happened during the team’s second practice of training camp.

“From everything right now, it seems like everything should be OK,” coach Marvin Lewis said.

Johnson returned to the Bengals after spending one season with the Buccaneers. The Bengals are hoping he revives a line that didn’t get much pressure on the quarterback last season. Cincinnati finished last in the league in sacks.

The Bengals also are counting on tackle Geno Atkins to play better now that he’s had a full year to recover from knee surgery.

Get Back, Goodell

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A man hired a plane to fly a banner over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s vacation home in Maine, telling him to go back to New York.

WCSH6 television reports that Richard Pate of Biddeford, Maine, hired a local pilot and plane Saturday to protest the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game in January. Goodell upheld the suspension Tuesday after Brady appealed.

Pate said the pilot was more than happy to help.

The banner instructed Goodell to “Jet back to New York.”

Pate wouldn’t say how much the plane cost, but said it was worth every penny.