Browns CB Kevin Johnson Released from Hospital After Suffering Lacerated Liver

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Buffalo Bills' Kevin Johnson (29) lines up against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson was released from University Hospitals on Friday after he suffered an injury during practice Wednesday, the team announced on Saturday. 

Johnson will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis regarding a return to the field following his release from the hospital. 

The team initially announced Thursday that Johnson was "resting comfortably" and would remain under observation for 24 hours after suffering a lacerated liver when a teammate landed on him:

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Injury Update: CB Kevin Johnson was admitted to University Hospitals yesterday afternoon after sustaining an abdominal injury when another player landed on him during yesterday’s practice. https://t.co/NTBT7iJcBH

Johnson has had injuries throughout his career. Last year marked the second time in five seasons he played 16 regular-season games.

"My rookie year, I break my foot," Johnson told Cleveland.com's Dan Labbe. "My second year, I re-break the same foot. The next year, MCL. The next year, concussions. I had to go on IR twice. It was hard for me because I have high expectations for myself. It was hard to adjust to what was going on."

The 2019 season was a strong bounce-back campaign for Johnson after he played just one game the previous year. Pro Football Focus' Ben Linsey named him the Buffalo Bills' most improved player (73.6 coverage grade) and noted he provided "effective rotational snaps at slot and outside cornerback."

Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Browns in April. He will likely compete for playing time in the slot, depending on his availability, as Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams will start on the outside.

Cleveland will open the regular season Sept. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.