Miami linebacker Eddie Johnson did not travel with the team this past weekend to Virginia for unspecified reasons. As of Sunday coach Al Golden only said that his future playing status with the team was “to be determined.”
A couple of days later, the “to be” part has been officially removed. Johnson was back at practice Tuesday and Golden said the team’s second-leading tackler has been reinstated to the team. He is expected to play this Saturday against South Florida.
“There’s a responsibility and level of accountability that we can’t move on without,” Golden said. “It’s not, ‘Do this for me.’ It’s, ‘Do it because the rest of the team is doing it and because you want to be accountable and you want to be responsible and you want to be a good teammate.’
“Hopefully, he’ll come out of it stronger and respond. I’ve been in situations where two or three years down the road you look back and say, ‘That was a moment that I finally realized what I’m giving up or what I’m costing the team.’ As a coach, you can’t look the other way.”
In nine games this year, Johnson (pictured, No. 44) is second on the team in total tackles (54) and tied for first with three forced fumbles.
(Hat tip: Miami Herald)