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Bills vs Dolphins: CB Taron Johnson injured on first series but returns

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Buffalo Bills slot cornerback Taron Johnson was injured on the first defensive series Sunday. He lowered his head and shoulder and laid into LB Matt Milano who was making the tackle on the play. Milano was walking gingerly after the hit but stayed in the game.

Johnson walked off on his own power and returned to the game on his second series after sitting out just a few plays. Siran Neal was in the game as his replacement.

Despite being called the “nickel cornerback,” Johnson plays starter reps for the Bills. In fact, he has the fifth-most snaps of any player on Buffalo’s defense, playing nearly 80 percent of the defensive snaps during the first 15 games of the season.

Johnson is third on the team in passes defended, and has a sack, forced fumble, and a big interception return for a touchdown. He’s third on the team with 88 tackles.