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LB DERRICK JOHNSON NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Johnson joins LB Tamba Hali as the second Chiefs player to win the honor in 2010, the first time a pair of Chiefs linebackers have claimed the award in a season since LBs Derrick Thomas and Tracy Simien (’91).

The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Wednesday that LB Derrick Johnson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 27-13 win at St. Louis (12/19). He joins LB Tamba Hali as the second Chiefs player to win the honor in 2010, the first time a pair of Chiefs linebackers have claimed the award in a season since LBs Derrick Thomas and Tracy Simien (’91). It is the third POW honor of Johnson’s career.

Johnson (6-3, 242) produced career-highs with 17 tackles (12 solo) and four passes defensed at St. Louis (12/19). He was part of a Chiefs defense that allowed a season-low 224 yards of total offense and limited Rams RB Steven Jackson to 67 rushing yards. In 14 starts on the season, Johnson has 134 tackles (97 solo), a sack (-11.0 yards), an INT return for a 15-yard TD, 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three QB pressures. He is tied for third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL with four forced fumbles.

The University of Texas product has appeared in 88 games (75 starts) for Kansas City, registering 558 tackles (431 solo), 14.0 sacks (-101.0 yards), seven INTs with three TDs, 43 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 24 QB pressures. His 558 career tackles rank 13th in Chiefs history.

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