"You can't tell me the head trauma he had over his career didn't affect him," Johnson said. "That was the tip of the tipping point for me. ... It makes you take inventory on your own mortality. If that can happen to him, I've got to be more diligent in how I live my life. 'Cause it's a road I don't want to go down."
Around the league
Indianapolis • The Colts are making a change at guard.
Indy claimed Zane Taylor, a former University of Utah guard, off waivers from Philadelphia on Friday. The guard is the third former Eagles lineman brought in by general manager Ryan Grigson, who worked in Philadelphia's front office before taking the Colts job in January. At Utah, Taylor started 38 games and was a three-time all-conference selection.
To make room for Taylor, the Colts waived guard Matt Murphy, who joined Indy's practice squad Sept. 28.
Indy also traded for Winston Justice and signed free agent Mike McGlynn, both ex-Eagles.
Taylor is a 6-foot-2, 309-pound guard who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets in 2011. He joined the Buccaneers practice squad in September, before signing with Philadelphia's practice squad in November.
Cincinnati • The Bengals have signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, their top pick in the draft. He's expected to compete for a starting job, teaming with Leon Hall at cornerback.
New York • Yeremiah Bell is joining the other side of the Dolphins-Jets rivalry.
A person familiar with the deal said the New York Jets and the veteran safety agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract worth $1.4 million.
Buffalo • The Bills continue locking up their rookie draft class after signing offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, their second-round pick.