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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, middle, fumbles between Los Angeles Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, left, ands cornerback Trumaine Johnson during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jae C. Hong

MISSOULA — Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson earned an award — and his paycheck — this weekend with a standout performance against the Indianapolis Colts. 

He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for returning an interception for a touchdown, forcing and recovering a fumble, recording a pass defense and making two tackles on Sunday.

Johnson is the first Rams defensive back to win the award for an opening weekend performance. This is also Johnson's first time winning a Defensive Player of the Week honor. 

Johnson, a native of Stockton, California, played for Montana from 2008-2011. He was a two-time FCS All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Sky player.

Johnson has played on the Rams' franchise tag for the past two seasons. He's set to be a free agent after the season.

— Amie Just,

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