Johnson (knee) is listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Considered week to week with a knee sprain, Johnson doesn't seem to have any real shot at playing in Thursday's game against the Bears. He suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday's 20-19 win over the Panthers, finishing with 15 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 10 yards. The Lions likely will rely on some combination of Theo Riddick, LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner in a difficult Thanksgiving day matchup. There is some good news for the injury-riddled Detroit offense, with Johnson expected to avoid surgery and potentially back in the mix for Week 13 against the Rams.
Johnson has been diagnosed with a knee sprain and is considered week to week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
While not expected to require surgery, Johnson doesn't seem to have much chance at playing in Thursday's game against the Bears. His likely absence leaves the Detroit backfield in the hands of Theo Riddick, LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner -- a trio that doesn't exactly inspire confidence outside of highly-specialized roles. With Marvin Jones (knee) also in danger of missing the Thanksgiving contest, Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay won't have much help against a stellar Bears defense.
If the MRI confirms a sprain, there's a chance Johnson won't miss much, if any time, but it'll have to be relatively minor to gain clearance with the Lions taking the field Thanksgiving, per usual. On the season, he's accrued 641 yards on the ground, 213 yards a receiver and four touchdowns total. Any absence would lead to a timeshare at running back between bruiser LeGarrette Blount and pass-catching option Theo Riddick.
Johnson (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
The severity of the left knee injury isn't known, but the Lions won't risk any more Week 11 reps for the dynamic rookie. With Johnson out of commission, LeGarrette Blount will serve as the short-yardage back while Theo Riddick handles pass-catching duties.
Johnson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Panthers with a knee injury, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to his exit, Johnson had carried 15 times for 87 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 10 yards. Next up for the Lions' backfield touches in his absence are LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick.
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