Kerryon Johnson had knee procedure, heading to IR

Report Kerryon Johnson expected to miss some time with his knee injury

Report Kerryon Johnson expected to miss some time with his knee injury

The Lions will be without their leading rusher for at least eight games, and they hope it matters enough for him to come back.

The Detroit Lions have placed running back Kerryon Johnson on the injured reserve list with a knee injury, the team announced. He injured the knee in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings and did not return. He returned for a brief time but was done for the game after that. In 10 games, Johnson ran for 641 yards and three touchdowns on 118 carries.

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Detroit drafted Johnson with the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the 2018 National Football League draft. He has posted 3.3 yards per carry in six appearances this year, a far cry from the 5.4 yards per rush he averaged in his first National Football League season. He also has 126 yards receiving and a touchdown. Johnson was having a tough start to his 2019 season averaging just 3.3 yards per carry with one 100-yard performance Week 4 vs. Kansas City. Head Coach Matt Patricia made the announcement to reporters on Tuesday. "He's still here and he's still part of all that, certainly, but on the field we'll push forward as normal and we think we'll get good production with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic, and we think those guys are ready to step into roles".

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