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Kerryon Johnson injury update: Early reports suggest no torn ACL, potential knee sprain

Some potentially good news for the Lions rookie running back.

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The Detroit Lions came out of Ford Field with a 20-19 upset win that appeared to be a pyrrhic victory. While the Lions finally righted the ship from their three-game losing streak, they also suffered what could be a devastating injury for their 2018 season.

In the third quarter, rookie running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury and did not come back. Things only looked worse when former NFL doctor David J. Chao tweeted this out, suggesting Johnson may have suffered the dreaded torn ACL:

However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has a much more optimistic report coming out of the game. According to Rapoport, the initial tests suggest Johnson did NOT suffer a torn ACL,, but instead has a knee sprain.

It’s worth noting that Ian Rapoport does not exactly have a good history with Lions injury reports. He initially reported that Ezekiel Ansah was not expected to miss any time with his shoulder injury in Week 1. Ansah didn’t come back from that injury until just a couple weeks ago.

Chao offered some quick notes on Rapoport’s news:

This is the first promising sign for the Kerryon Johnson injury. We’ll obviously know more once the MRI is done on Monday—if the Lions provide an update. It still seems highly unlikely Johnson plays on a short week against the Bears on Thursday, but if he did actually avoid an ACL tear, that obviously is positive for his long-term health and future with the Detroit Lions.