NFL’s Austin Johnson returns to practice after ACL injury

ANTONIO, Texas — Former Texas Longhorns running back Austin Johnson said he’s feeling better and that he expects to be ready to play when the NFL’s regular season begins this Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson, the NFL first-team All-America in 2012, tore his ACL in September and missed the remainder of the season.

Johnson has played in just six games this season, but he’s still a productive runner and the Longhorns have won four straight.

Johnson’s return will give Texas a much-needed boost to its defense, which is in desperate need of a boost with quarterback Tyler Bray injured.

The Longhorns are in their second season in the SEC and will have a chance to end a three-year losing streak against top SEC opponents when the regular season kicks off Saturday against Arkansas.