Lions running back Kerryon Johnson was injured during the first quarter of yesterday’s game, and it sounds like he’s about to miss a more than three quarters of play. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports (via Twitter) that Johnson is set to miss “some time,” with the running back currently designated as week-to-week.
Johnson missed the final six games of his rookie campaign with a knee injury. Even if this current ailment isn’t particularly serious, it would make sense for the Lions to be relatively cautious with the 2018 second-rounder.
The running back looked the part of a three-down back last season, and while his sophomore campaign has been a bit underwhelming, he’s still proven to be an important part of Detroit’s offense. Through six games, Johnson has 308 rushing yards and two scores on 92 carries. He’s added another touchdown and 126 receiving yards on nine receptions.
With Johnson out, the Lions will likely turn to Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic (they’re also rostering Paul Perkins on their practice squad, as well as recent-addition Tra Carson on their active roster). While it’s just my speculation, the Lions could turn to veteran running back C.J. Anderson, who played the first two games of the season with Detroit. The veteran worked out for the Raiders earlier today.
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