Johnson defines tenacity for Ravens

Linebacker now franchise leader in consecutive starts and consecutive games played

November 24, 2011|By Edward Lee

When the Ravens drafted Jarret Johnson in the fourth round in 2003, there were some questions about his longevity in the NFL. After all, he was considered too small to play the defensive tackle position he played at the University of Alabama and too big to play linebacker.

On Sunday, Johnson, who lost 25 pounds to become an outside linebacker, overtook former defensive end Michael McCrary and former linebacker Jamie Sharper as the franchise’s all-time leader in consecutive starts with his 74th straight start in the team’s 31-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Asked about reaching his achievement, Johnson was his usual modest self, cracking, “It’s good. Can’t get rid of me.”

Johnson, who is already the Ravens’ leader in consecutive games played with 123, has played through a torn labrum in 2010, a separated shoulder and various back and knee injuries.

“I’ve dodged a lot of bullets, played through a lot of injuries,” he acknowledged.

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