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Draft Scout Derrick Johnson News
09/29/15 - ILB Derrick Johnson entered the game with 995 career tackles. He added eight more to that tally, with his count of 1,003 breaking the franchise record held by Gary Spani. "First off, when you're playing, you don't even think about the tackle record for the Chiefs but, you know, I've been playing a while and having some good luck and I'm very fortunate to have a chance to break it this year. God gets all the glory for helping me get to this point."
09/19/15 - ILB Derrick Johnson was just seven tackles away from taking over the franchise record for most career tackles going into Thursday night's game against Denver. He's now five tackles away from the record, after a less than productive evening against the Broncos. Johnson was credited with just two tackles in the game.
09/17/15 - LB Derrick Johnson had just two solo tackles Thursday but ran his total to 995, just four from the Chiefs' all-time record held by LB Gary Spani (1978-86).
06/17/15 - LB Derrick Johnson is back on the field working with the Chiefs' No. 1 defense this week, after missing the better part of two weeks because of knee inflammation.
Johnson said the time off has left him feeling refreshed after what was nine months of rehab from his ruptured Achilles suffered in the 2014 regular-season opener.
"I'm feeling good; those days off really helped me," Johnson said after the second of three practices in the Chiefs' minicamp. "If I can stay healthy, I can help this team."
Johnson said he is not sure what caused the swelling in his knee, but he was told there isn't anything structurally wrong with his knee that might require some type of procedure.
"I think it was getting back to football," Johnson said of his knee. "It was going from doing drills, to playing football. It wasn't a big scare. It was just a little swelling; old age. But I'm good now."
If he can stay healthy, Johnson will become the leading tackler in Chiefs history sometime early in the 2015 season. The record is held by linebacker Gary Spani, who finished his nine-year career in 1986 with 999 total tackles. Johnson has 981 tackles going into his 11th season.
"That would mean a lot; it lets you know all the hard work paid off," Johnson said. "I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity when it comes."
12/29/14 - ILB Derrick Johnson continues to rehab the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in the first game of the 2014 regular season and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Monday he was hopeful that come June when the Chiefs get on the practice field for OTA sessions, Johnson will be able to participate.