We watched Jaylon Johnson’s status obsessively after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Texans. And while there was hope he would return for Chicago’s playoff game against New Orleans, that shoulder never got healthy enough to give it a full go.
Six months later, good news pops up on the injury front:
#Bears DB Jaylon Johnson confirms he's 100% healthy right now.
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) June 17, 2021
Not only does Johnson say he is 100 percent healthy, he has reached this status without undergoing (another) shoulder surgery. Those bothersome shoulders and the surgeries that followed were part of the reason as to why Johnson’s draft stock pushed him out of Round 1 and into the Bears’ laps in 2020. But not needing surgery to get back to full strength is great news for him and Chicago’s football team.
News about a healthy Jaylon Johnson is exactly what I need to read to get me through the second half of my day. Johnson was an important piece of the Bears’ 2020 draft class and will be a key cog in what this defense does moving forward. With Kyle Fuller in Denver, Johnson’s emergence to CB1 needs to be more than a natural progression rooted in the previous top corner leaving the building. A real leap needs to be made here in order for this defense to thrive. For what it’s worth, I think Johnson is ready to make that jump. And based on his production last year, his move into CB1 status could happen quickly — especially if he gets his hands on some interceptions.
Want more from Johnson? Check out the video below:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 17, 2021