Johnson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The rookie running back is off to a poor start in his bid to avoid a third consecutive absence. Given that he's recovering from a knee sprain and playing for a team with no shot at the playoffs, Johnson probably won't be rushed back to action before he has full confidence in his health. Things are trending toward another week of LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick leading the backfield Sunday at Arizona.

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