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Lions Shut Down Injured Kerryon Johnson For The Season

He dealt with a numerous injuries in college.

December 19, 2018 - 11:00 am

Kerryon Johnson's rookie season began slowly, then got rolling. It will end on injured reserve. 

Out since Week 12 with a sprained left knee, Johnson was placed on season-ending IR on Wednesday, according to Adam Schefter. He suffered the injury in Detroit's loss to Carolina in Week 11. 

At the time he went down, Johnson was on pace to become the Lions' first 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2013. He was also one of the NFL's leaders in yards per carry (5.43). That would rank third in the league through Week 15. 

The one knock on Johnson coming out of college was his durability. He's had two shoulder surgeries and hand surgery, plus issues with his ankle, hamstring and ribs. 

The good news for the Lions is that he's never had knee problems. 

After trading up to select Johnson, the 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Year at Auburn, in the second round (No. 43 overall) of this year's draft, Lions GM Bob Quinn said he wasn't worried about his injury history

"Hey, you draft players out of the SEC, they’re going to be a little banged up," Quinn said. "But he’s good to go.”

Pressed on the matter, Quinn said, "Listen, any player you take -- I’d say any position except for maybe corner or receiver -- out of the SEC, they’re tough and they’re physical. So we feel really good about that. There’s no issues with his durability for us.”

Johnson is Detroit's second standout rookie to be placed on season-ending IR, joining fourth-round pick Da'Shawn Hand who was also shut down with a knee injury on Tuesday.