The Lions placed Johnson (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

With Johnson missing the Lions' last four games with a sprained left knee and having yet to resume practicing since suffering the injury, the team opted to shutter him for the season rather than leaving a slim possibility open for him to suit up in the final two contests of 2018. Despite missing more than a quarter of his rookie campaign, Johnson still ranks as the Lions' team rushing leader with 641 yards (5.4 per carry) to go with four touchdowns. Johnson should be fully healthy well in advance of OTAs and will open the 2019 season as Detroit's presumptive lead back.

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