Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is optimistic defensive end Michael Johnson will be ready by the end of preseason, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
What we KNOW about Michael Johnson: no ACL & DC Paul Guenther thinks he should be back by end of preseason. That’s it. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 3, 2015
ESPN and the NFL Network confirmed Johnson suffered an MCL sprain during practice on Sunday. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora added that Johnson's injury was a grade two MCL sprain.
Most medical websites advise that grade 2 MCL sprains require a month of rehabilitation. Cincinnati will host the Chicago Bears on Aug. 29 (third week in the preseason) and then the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 3.