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Kerryon Johnson | Running Back | #33

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/30/1997
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 206
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 2 (43) / DET
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Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he's "very close" to being healthy and "probably could have been available" to play if the Lions made the playoffs.
Johnson missed the final six weeks of the season and was ruled out for the remainder of the year after the Lions were officially eliminated from the postseason. Johnson expects to have a normal offseason and should be fine well ahead of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp. Johnson was easily the star of the offense, along with Kenny Golladay, in a lost season for the Lions. Mon, Dec 31, 2018 09:50:00 PM

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Lions placed RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The 43rd pick in April's draft, Johnson hasn't played since Week 11. Seldom-used to start the season as part of a committee, it didn't take long for Johnson to separated himself from the pack in Detroit. He had a pair of 100-yard rushing games and an 87-yard effort his last game. Johnson finishes with a 118-641-3 rushing line and 32 catches for 213 yards and another touchdown as a receiver. Johnson should be fine by OTAs. Zach Zenner has been the lead back.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 10:16:00 AM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Week 15 against the Bills.

This will be his fourth straight absence. Johnson hasn't played or practiced since hurting his knee in Week 11 and doesn't seem close to a return. LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner will handle the backfield work Sunday at Buffalo with Theo Riddick mixing in on passing downs.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 03:58:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

The rookie has shown little improvement since injuring his knee in Week 11 and is likely headed for a fourth straight absence. Look for Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount to split carries Sunday at Buffalo with Theo Riddick taking the lead on passing downs.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 04:47:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Week 14 against the Cardinals.

As expected. If that weren't enough, the Lions could also potentially be without Matthew Stafford (back). LeGarrette Blount has worked ahead of Theo Riddick the past two weeks, and should continue soaking up early-down reps against the Cardinals. He needs to score to return any value.
Fri, Dec 7, 2018 03:37:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

The rookie is still nursing a knee injury he suffered in Week 11. He's looking at a third straight absence. Veteran plodder LeGarrette Blount will lead the backfield if Johnson can't go against the Cardinals in Week 14.
Thu, Dec 6, 2018 01:15:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Johnson's knee is still bothering him. He hasn't played since injuring it in Week 11 and seems unlikely to return Sunday at Arizona. Assuming that's the case, LeGarrette Blount will again handle lead ball-carrier duties with Theo Riddick mixing in on passing downs.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 04:55:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Week 13 against the Rams.

Without Johnson and FB Nick Bellore (ankle, out) Sunday, the Lions will be down to LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner in their backfield. Matt Patricia-favorite Blount notably led the group in snaps (33, 50%) and carries (19) on Thanksgiving. Assuming he again carries the load, Sunday makes for another sneaky-good matchup for Blount against the Rams' No. 29 rush defense DVOA.
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 04:00:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not practice Thursday.

Johnson was always expected to miss a couple weeks with his knee injury. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick should handle the backfield work while Johnson is sidelined.
Thu, Nov 29, 2018 12:46:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Johnson missed last week against the Bears and is said to be dealing with a multi-game issue. Expect Johnson to be out against the Rams, with LeGarrette Blount getting the first crack at carries after his 19-88-2 day in Week 12.
Wed, Nov 28, 2018 01:20:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Week 12 against the Bears.

As expected. Johnson avoided serious damage but is going to miss at least one game. Expect a rotation between LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner, making none of the three attractive in fantasy.
Wed, Nov 21, 2018 02:29:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press confirms Kerryon Johnson (knee) is not expected to play on Thanksgiving.

The short week does Johnson no favors. Johnson is not expected to require surgery, but he is in danger of missing multiple games. The Lions will resort to some combination of LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and perhaps Zach Zenner in the backfield for Thursday's early game against the Bears.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 04:06:00 PM

Pro Football Talk reports Kerryon Johnson is week to week with a sprained knee.

Ian Rapoport reported the sprained knee on Sunday night, but this gives something of a timetable. It would be a shock if Johnson is ready to face the Bears on Thanksgiving, but he could return after that. LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner should handle backfield duties while Johnson is sidelined. Riddick is the only interesting fantasy play of that bunch.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 01:00:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee sprain in Week 11 against the Panthers.

He'll have an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury. It's not terrible news, but Johnson could still miss multiple games if he's dealing with MCL damage. With Detroit playing on thanksgiving, Johnson is almost certainly out for Week 12. The Lions will go with a committee of LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick in his place.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 05:26:00 PM

Kerryon Johnson exited Week 11 against the Panthers with a left knee injury.

Johnson came down hard on his left knee at the end of a run in the third quarter. He was looked at on the sidelines before limping into the locker room. Johnson was on fire before leaving, gaining 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will handle the backfield work while Johnson is out.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 03:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Matt Cassel
RB1Kerryon Johnson
2LeGarrette Blount
3Theo Riddick
4Kerwynn Williams
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Kerryon Johnson
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Kerryon Johnson
FB1Nick Bellore
WR11Kenny Golladay
2T.J. Jones
3Bruce Ellington
WR21Marvin Jones
2Andy Jones
3Bruce Ellington
WR31Brandon Powell
TE1Luke Willson
2Michael Roberts
3Levine Toilolo
LT1Taylor Decker
2Tyrell Crosby
3Jarron Jones
LG1Frank Ragnow
2Joe Dahl
C1Graham Glasgow
RG1T.J. Lang
2Kenny Wiggins
RT1Rick Wagner
2Andrew Donnal
K1Matt Prater