Reports indicate Falcons right tackle suffered what was termed a serious injury to his left leg today during practice this afternoon. The exact nature of the injury is unknown as of yet, although John Manasso tweeted that it appears to be a broken leg. Johnson was carted off the field and taken away from practice in an ambulance.
Trainers looked like they were pumping something up for Johnson, maybe an air cast. #falcons
— John Manasso (@jmanasso) August 6, 2013
Johnson was atop the Falcons depth chart at right tackle, and appeared to be winning the battle between himself and Lamar Holmes for the starting position there. Johnson has suffered many setbacks during his four years in Atlanta due to injuries. He suffered a concussion early in training camp in 2011, prompting him to miss time and lose the competition at right guard with Garrett Reynolds. He then suffered an injury later that year and wound up on injured reserve a week prior to when the Falcons made the switch from Reynolds to Joe Hawley at the position. Last summer, with the injury to Will Svitek, he was moved to backup right tackle where he settled in nicely as the team’s sixth blocker and extra tight end.
UPDATE: D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Johnson suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured left fibula. He is scheduled to have surgery next week. It is unknown if this will end Johnson’s 2013 season, although he is likely to land on the injured reserve. However, league rules allow teams to designate one player that is placed on the IR eligible to return following Week 8 of the season.