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Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Johnson eager for season-opening do-over

Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson nearly sacked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota during a preseason game Aug. 28.
Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson nearly sacked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota during a preseason game Aug. 28. DEULITT@KCSTAR.COM

For Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, the season opener Sunday at Houston has a do-over feel about it. In this game a year ago, Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito ruptured their Achilles tendons and missed the rest of the season.

Johnson says he’s ready.

“Not nervous, not scared because I know my body can hold up,” he said. “That’s the one thing I have to put out of my mind, which is very important for a guy that’s been out a whole season for an injury.”

Johnson said he may have gotten more from the preseason than at any time in his career.

“Very much so,” he said. “Throughout the year, (preseason) has been OK. This last year has been tremendous for me. Training my eyes, where to go, trying to get back to where I was. I think I’m there. This game in Houston is going to give me the big test and I can’t wait.”

With 985 career tackles, Johnson is 15 away from passing Gary Spani on the Chiefs’ career list.

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