The Patriots placed Johnson (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday. Johnson will be eligible to return Week 17 against the Dolphins. The Patriots have both fullbacks Johnson and James Develin (neck) on injured reserve, so the team will likely sign another asset to pave the way in their crowded backfield.
The Patriots are expected to place Johnson (shoulder) on injured reserve, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. Johnson exited the second half of Thursday's win over the Giants due to a shoulder injury, the severity of which will reportedly sideline him for at least the next eight weeks. With James Develin (neck) already on IR, New England will be a candidate to sign another fullback to the roster, considering that the position plays an important role in the team's rushing attack.
The Patriots have promoted Johnson to their 53-man roster, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. With James Develin (neck) out this week, Johnson will give the Patriots a healthy fullback option heading into Sunday's game against the Jets. Johnson, a native of Germany, joined the team via the NFL's International Pathway Program after playing college ball for the University of Tennessee.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/09||@New York Jets||20||8.29|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||9.33|
|14||12/10||@Los Angeles Rams||18||8.00|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||20||8.29|