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Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson placed on IR after ‘procedure’ on knee

The Lions premier running back will miss most of the season, if not all of it.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced that Kerryon Johnson underwent a procedure on Tuesday morning and will be placed on injured reserve.

Johnson injured his right knee during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Though it didn’t look too serious at the time—he tried to work through it on the exercise bike—he did not return to the game, and obviously the injury was serious enough to require a medical procedure.

Patricia said the hope is that Johnson can return to play at some point this season, but by placing him on injured reserve, he is now ineligible to practice for six weeks and cannot return for a game for another eight weeks. With only 10 regular season games left, that means Johnson will only be eligible to play in two.

“I obviously feel really bad for Kerryon that he’s in this situation, but I know he’s a tough kid and he works really hard, so I’m very optimistic about everything going forward,” Patricia said.

With the trade deadline looming just a week away, Patricia wouldn’t commit to necessarily making a move to replace Johnson on the roster, but with only Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Tra Carson currently on the roster, expect the Lions to make some sort of move soon.

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