It didn’t take long for Chris Johnson to arrive in Baltimore.
In his ninth season -- he requested his release from the Oakland Raiders after his sister was murdered by a jealous ex-boyfriend -- Johnson was a late addition to the Ravens.
With a secondary decimated by injuries, Johnson was signed going into the Nov. 18 game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He quickly jumped ahead of Chykie Brown and will be in the Ravens’ nickel packages. He only played six snaps because of a strained hamstring in the second quarter, but Johnson’s hit on receiver Mike Wallace shifted the momentum in favor of Baltimore.
Trailing 7-0, the offense had been stagnant. A maligned defense, currently ranked just 24th overall in the NFL, jump-started the comeback victory when Wallace made the catch in front of Johnson. But he jarred the ball loose as Ed Reed recovered and returned the ball deep into Pittsburgh’s territory.
That led to just a field goal, but the Steelers never recovered. They followed up that 13-10 loss to the Ravens with a 20-14 defeat the Cleveland Browns when they committed eight turnovers with third-string quarterback Charlie Batch taking the snaps because of Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder sprain and rib dislocation and Byron Leftwich’s cracked ribs.
“I’m always looking to make a play. I don’t look for them to make a mistake,” said Johnson, who missed last week’s 16-13 win at the San Diego Chargers because of his hamstring but could return Sunday. “I look to cause a mistake. This is what I do.”
Pittsburgh will have two new faces: receivers Antonio Brown and Plaxico Burress.
Brown has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain. Burress was signed as a free agent just more than a week ago.
Burress didn’t have a catch in that loss to the Browns, but at 6-foot-5 he’s threat in the red zone.
“Just study the film. It’s the same offense,” said Johnson, who has had limited participation in practice this week. “Just make plays when the plays are presented to be made.”