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Michael Johnson's injury described as grade 2 MCL sprain

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweets that Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain and will be out for at least four weeks.

This confirms an ESPN and NFL Network report that Johnson would be out for several weeks with an MCL sprain. Initially feared as an ACL tear, Johnson's recovery time could favor a return during the team's season-opener against Oakland on Sept. 13.

According to, a grade 2 MCL sprain will include significant tenderness and possible swelling. says "injuries usually get better in about a month" and may require a "hinged knee brace" to limit how much weight is put on the leg. Torn ligaments are symptomatic of a grade 3 sprain, which are less painful than a grade 2.