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Johnson out

This years has all the makings of a great year for the Bears and their fans.  We have a strong defense returning.  By default and a good signing our offense has to improve at least a little.  We don't need stuff like this happening.

DT Tank Johnson will miss 4-6 months after surgery on a torn quadriceps muscle.

''I don't know exactly what the procedure was,'' said Bill Heck, Johnson's agent. ''All I know is that it's happened, he's doing good and rehabbing.''

Heck declined to discuss specifics of the injury, saying only that it happened while Johnson "was working out.'' Heck would not say where Johnson was working out or what the timetable for his return might be.

The injury is a major setback for an up-and-coming player who was expected to compete for a starting job. He finished third on the team with five sacks last season despite limited playing time.