Johnson carried two times for six yards and caught his only target for no gain during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.
Johnson took a back seat to the newly-signed Bo Scarbrough in the run game and looked on as J.D. McKissic led the backfield in receptions. He did little with the opportunities he was given, and he seems to be losing traction as an option for Detroit. As such, Johnson seems unlikely to make a major impact next Sunday against the Redskins.
Johnson does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's contest after clearing concussion protocol.
As a result of clearing the protocol, Johnson is set to play against the Cowboys. Since Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve in Week 7, Ty Johnson has been less than spectacular filling in as the nominal starter, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry across 21 attempts. Unfortunately for fantasy owners looking to take advantage of the fluid Lions backfield, fellow backup J.D. McKissic has also been a nonfactor, most notably recording just 36 yards rushing in Week 10 despite seeing 70 percent of the offensive snaps.
Johnson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
The rookie will still need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist before getting the green light to play this weekend, but he looks on track to return to action after a concussion knocked him out early in the Week 10 loss to the Bears. After opening the week as a non-participant in practice, Johnson advanced to limited work Thursday before taking full contact in Friday's session. If active, Johnson would likely share backfield snaps with J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins.
Johnson (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Considering he was a non-participant Wednesday in the Lions' first practice of the week, Johnson's ability to take part in non-contact work Thursday implies he's made some progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. In order to have a shot at playing Sunday against the Cowboys, Johnson will ultimately need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist at some point before the contest. The Lions would lean on J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins to split the backfield work in the event Johnson is sidelined this weekend.
Johnson (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
The development is a positive one as Johnson works his way through the concussion suffered this past Sunday in Chicago. His level of participation isn't known, but he likely will be listed as limited on Thursday's injury report. The Lions' remaining healthy backfield options are J.D. McKissic, Paul Perkins and Nick Bawden.
Johnson (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Johnson is still working his way through the concussion protocol after exiting Sunday's loss to the Bears with the head injury. In the event that Johnson is unable to pass the five-step protocol ahead of this weekend's game against Dallas, the Lions would be left with a backfield consisting of J.D. McKissic, Paul Perkins and fullback Nick Bawden.
Johnson has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Chicago due to a concussion.
With the head injury confirmed, Johnson will yield the Lions' backfield to J.D. McKissic, Paul Perkins and fullback Nick Bawden for the remainder of the contest.
Johnson is under evaluation for a head injury during Sunday's game at Chicago, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
If Johnson ultimately is diagnosed with a concussion, the Lions will be down to just three healthy bodies in the backfield in J.D. McKissic, Paul Perkins and fullback Nick Bawden.
Johnson carried nine times for 29 yards and caught three passes for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Raiders.
Johnson led the team in carries but came away with little, as he averaged 3.2 yards per rush. He also hauled in all three of his targets, but he fared even worse in terms of yards per reception. Meanwhile, J.D. McKissic piled up 72 scrimmage yards and a touchdown, so the balance of power in the Detroit backfield could shift again heading into next Sunday's game in Chicago.
Johnson is in line to start Sunday's contest against the Raiders after Tra Carson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.
Stop us if you've heard this one before. While it's entirely possible newly called up Paul Perkins could wander into the majority of the carries Sunday -- as Carson did against the Giants last week -- Johnson, and to some extent J.D. McKissic, appear to be the preferred running backs of choice by default given Perkins has been up and down on the active roster multiple times this season. While it's unclear what Johnson's role will be Sunday, it's worth nothing the Lions did bring in former Pro Bowler Jay Ajayi for a workout Friday according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, so even if the 2019 sixth-round pick does command the majority of the workload in Week 9, he's not a guarantee to do so the rest of the season.
Johnson carried seven times for 25 yards and caught one pass for an additional 13 yards during Sunday's 31-26 win over the Giants.
Johnson appeared to be in line to lead the team in carries with Kerryon Johnson (knee) out, but he watched on as Tra Carson paced the backfield with 12. His seven rushes were still his second most of the season, but he averaged just 3.6 yards per tote despite a seemingly favorable matchup against the Giants' front. Johnson appears to be just one piece of a committee that also includes J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins at the moment, making him a risky fantasy play in next Sunday's road matchup against the Raiders.
Johnson is expected to take on an elevated role out of the backfield over the Lions' next eight games after Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. "Obviously, you know how much we value Kerryon and what a great part of our offense and our team he is," coach Matt Patricia said. "He's still here and he's still part of all that, certainly, but on the field we'll push forward as normal and we think we'll get good production with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic, and we think those guys are ready to step into roles."
Coming into Week 8, Ty Johnson was already a popular waiver-wire target with the expectation that Kerryon would be sidelined for multiple games. With Kerryon now requiring surgery that will keep him sidelined through mid-December, Ty should get the first crack at leading the Lions' ground game, though Patricia suggested that McKissic and new acquisition Tra Carson could mix in as well. After Kerryon exited early in the 42-30 loss to the Vikings last weekend, Ty played 64 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps the rest of the way, finishing the afternoon with 57 total yards on 14 touches (10 carries, four receptions). Meanwhile, McKissic racked up 60 yards on seven touches (five carries, two receptions), but only played 25 percent of the snaps.
Johnson and J.D. McKissic are expected to see added opportunities out of the Detroit backfield in Sunday's game against the Giants with Kerryon Johnson (knee) not expected to play in the contest, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Kerryon Johnson exited in the first half of Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Vikings, with his early departure allowing Ty Johnson (14 touches for 57 yards) and J.D. McKissic (seven touches for 60 yards) to see their most significant workloads of the season. While an official timeline for Kerryon Johnson's return hasn't been established, the likelihood of a multi-game absence positions the rookie Johnson to lead the Lions' ground game in the interim. The Maryland product also boasts some decent receiving skills, but McKissic -- a wideout during his time in college who has served mainly as a pass-catching specialist throughout his NFL career -- profiles as the Lions' preferred option on passing downs.
Johnson carried 10 times for 29 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 28 yards during Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Vikings.
Johnson stepped up after Kerryon Johnson left with a knee injury and received double-digit touches for the first time in his young career. He didn't do much with his opportunities, averaging just 4.1 yards per touch, but it bodes well for his fantasy value that he was used a respectable amount in the passing game. If he plays a prominent role in next Sunday's home game against the Giants, Johnson could fare better against a beatable opponent.
Johnson did not log a rushing attempt and was not targeted in the passing game during Monday's 23-22 loss to the Packers.
Not only were Johnson's two offensive snaps easily a season low, but they were significantly less than the 14 snaps J.D. McKissic was given. The rookie is firmly the No. 3 running back in Detroit at this point, and it seems highly unlikely that will change anytime soon.
Johnson rushed three times for 13 yards while catching his only target for one yard during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Kansas City.
It may have been premature to anoint Johnson as the No. 2 option behind Kerryon Johnson in the wake of C.J. Anderson's dismissal. As it turns out, J.D. McKissic is also looking like he'll be a big part of the Lions' plans and on Sunday he ultimately finished with more rushing attempts (four), targets (two) and total yards than (41) Johnson. As a former receiver, McKissic is a natural fit as a receiving back and that extra dimension could frequently earn him more playing time than Johnson whenever Detroit needs to pass the ball.
Johnson ran for five yards on four carries and did not gain any yardage on his lone reception during Sunday's 27-24 win in Philadelphia.
With the release of C.J. Anderson, Johnson was supposed to be the primary backup behind Kerryon Johnson. That ended up being the case as his four carries were second on the team, but in a game in which both Johnsons struggled, veteran J.D. McKissic, who followed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell from Seattle, made the biggest splash with a 44-yard run. One carry in one game shouldn't trump an entire offseason, but Johnson is in a situation in which he is a bit of an unknown and not the clear favorite behind a starting running back who is going to hog touches.
Johnson will take over as the Lions' No. 2 running back after C.J. Anderson was released, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Johnson was efficient but not overly productive for Maryland in college, generating 7.7 YPC, 506 yards and three touchdowns in his senior season. The rookie sixth-round pick impressed during limited action Week 2 versus the Chargers, rushing six times for 36 yards and catching both of his targets for six yards. Johnson has the foundation to be a stud as well with a 4.26-second 40-yard dash, and the Lions clearly feel comfortable with him if they released Anderson. The Lions fed Anderson 16 touches through the first two games, and Johnson figures to absorb a good chunk of those moving forward, although he's still playing second fiddle behind Kerryon Johnson.
Johnson rushed five times for 30 yards and caught his lone target for no gain during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.
Johnson showed some juice, easily logging Detroit's longest run of the day at 17 yards and being the only ballcarrier on the team to average over 3.4 yards per carry. He also replaced Jamal Agnew as the kick return specialist. However, the best news for Johnson's fantasy outlook is that he saw 13 offensive snaps compared to 12 for C.J. Anderson. It's premature to say Johnson is the new No. 2 running back in Detroit, but he's only giving the Lions reasons to give him more touches.
Johnson rushed once for six yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.
Johnson impressed throughout the offseason and ultimately made the initial 53-man roster to open the season, but he's still a clear third in line for touches behind Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson. The rookie out of Maryland ultimately saw 14 of his 22 total snaps come on special teams Sunday and that's probably something he should get used to as long as Johnson and Anderson are healthy.
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