IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Coach Matt Patricia said Tuesday that Johnson underwent a procedure on his injured right knee and will be placed on injured reserve, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Prior reports suggested Johnson was in danger of missing multiple games after injuring his knee in the Week 7 loss to the Vikings, and the move to IR officially confirms that will be the case. The second-year back will be sidelined for at least eight weeks as a result of the transaction, though Patricia was optimistic Johnson would be one of the two players the Lions designate for a return. While Johnson is sidelined, rookie Ty Johnson is expected to step in as Detroit's lead option in the ground game, while J.D. McKissic profiles as the team's top pass catcher out of the backfield.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Johnson is slated to miss "some time" due to a right knee injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson picked up the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's eventual loss to the Vikings when teammate Jesse James landed on him. While Johnson played the rest of the series, he yielded the backfield to Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic the remainder of the game. On Monday, coach Matt Patricia said that Kerryon Johnson told him he's "fine," according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News. However, because Schefter is calling Johnson "week to week," the running back may be hard-pressed to suit up Sunday against the Giants. Johnson's practice reps will be one to monitor as the week rolls along.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Coach Matt Patricia revealed Johnson "said he was fine" but didn't have a medical update, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Patricia elaborated by saying that many players deem themselves fine, but Johnson met with doctors Monday, so the team should have a better bearing on the bell cow's status Tuesday. Depending on the news that surfaces, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic are the two running backs who stand to benefit the most from a potential absence.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Coach Matt Patricia says the team won't have an update on Johnson's (knee) status until Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson exited in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Vikings with a knee injury. While he remained in uniform on the sideline in the second half, Johnson also had a brace on his right knee during that time. Detroit has J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson on the running back depth chart behind Kerryon, and the team could opt to activate recent addition Tra Carson if Johnson can't go against the Giants in Week 8.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Johnson has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Vikings due to a right knee injury.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was spotted with a brace on the knee after leaving the contest in the first quarter. Initially called questionable to return, he'll yield all remaining RB reps to Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic following this decision by the Lions' medical staff.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Johnson sustained a knee injury during Sunday's contest against the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

After a visit to the locker room near the end of the first quarter, Johnson was seen on the sideline with a brace on his right knee, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Johnson also rode the stationary bike, per Birkett, but nonetheless was deemed questionable to return. In Johnson's place, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic represent the Lions' remaining available running backs.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
1 month ago

Johnson rushed 13 times for 34 yards and one touchdown while catching two of four targets for 27 yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was largely shut down by a Packers defense that has been repetitively gashed by running backs this season. Thankfully, the second-year pro barely managed to cross the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Otherwise, it was a relatively bleak performance from the Auburn product, who's now averaged under 3.6 yards per carry in four of five games this year. It could prove difficult for him to improve his efficiency in Week 7 against a Vikings defense that ranks eighth in the league with 3.8 rushing yards allowed per carry. Not to mention, Minnesota is the only defense league-wide that has allowed one or less rushing touchdowns through six games in 2019.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
2 months ago

Johnson ran for 125 yards on 26 carries and added 32 yards on a pair of catches during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

It wasn't a dazzling game for Johnson, who lost his second career fumble, but his 125 rushing yards were just one fewer than his three-game total heading into the game. Coming into the game, Johnson was averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, less than half his rookie rate from 2018. He may have turned a corner Sunday and just in time as the Lions next play a Packers team in Week 6 that -- while tough to start the season -- has been exposed in the running game.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
2 months ago

Johnson rushed 20 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for seven yards in the Lions' 27-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

As his final numbers indicate, Johnson could get absolutely nothing going on the ground, with his one-yard touchdown run with 14:09 remaining in the second quarter serving as the only highlight of the afternoon for the second-year back. Johnson did encouragingly receive almost all of the carries for the Lions with C.J. Anderson no longer around to vulture opportunities, but he's now averaged 3.4 YPC or less in each of his first three games of the season. Johnson will look for a significant boost in efficiency at home Week 4 versus a Chiefs defense that allowed three rushing scores to Mark Ingram in Week 3.

IRKerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
2 months ago

Johnson rushed 12 times for 41 yards and caught two of three targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson showcased some tackle-breaking ability at times and ultimately salvaged his fantasy output with a 36-yard score on a screen pass, but he was bottled up most of the game by a Chargers defense that allowed Marlon Mack to run wild in the season opener. C.J. Anderson only had five carries for eight yards, but the Lions also gave nine touches to rookie Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. Kerryon Johnson's upside is capped hard by this clear committee situation and it's hard to see that changing anytime soon. Thankfully his Week 3 outlook is boosted by the fact that the Eagles no longer have stud defensive tackle Malik Jackson (foot) available.