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Report: Detroit Lions signing QB Josh Johnson

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The Lions are adding a new quarterback.

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The Detroit Lions have apparently made a decision regarding their quarterback situation. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Lions will be signing former Washington quarterback Josh Johnson.

The Lions are clearly seeking another passer to help accommodate the team after they lost backup Tom Savage to an injury during the first quarter of their preseason opener against the New England Patriots. At this point, the nature and severity of Savage’s injury is unknown, but this move signifies that he’ll be sidelined for, at least, the short term.

Johnson started four games for Washington last year, completing 57 percent of his passes for three touchdown and four interceptions. He comes to Detroit with at least a little bit of familiarity. Back in 2017, both Johnson and current Lions quarterback coach Sean Ryan worked together as members of the Houston Texans. That year, Johnson did not play a regular season snap, but he had a decent preseason, going 22-of-34 for 239 yards and a touchdown.

The signing is not official yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what the corresponding roster move is.