Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Arizona.
Johnson hasn't tested out his left knee on the practice field since spraining it Week 11 against the Panthers. It'll be difficult to forecast when he'll return until he does so, but he'll miss a third consecutive game Sunday as a result of the injury. In Johnson's absence, Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount have earned a near even split of the offensive snaps -- 67 versus 63 -- though the latter has outproduced the pass catcher in yards from scrimmage (164 to 114) and touchdowns (two to zero).
Johnson (knee) was not spotted during the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, according to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News.
It's looking like Johnson will miss practice for a third day in a row, an indication he will miss his third game in a row. The Lions will reveal whether or not the door is open for Johnson to take the field Sunday when their final injury report of the week becomes available.
Johnson (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice.
A mere spectator during the portion of the session open to the media, Johnson has yet to make any inroads toward a return from a sprained left knee. He does have one more chance to take the practice field this week, but he appears to be trending toward a third missed game in a row. in Johnson's stead, the backfield has been led by Theo Riddick (67 snaps on offense) and LeGarrette Blount (63) in their traditional roles.
Johnson is thus in line for another non-participation listing on Thursday's practice report. Unless he fits in some activity Friday, Johnson will likely be ruled out ahead of Sunday's game in Arizona, which would mark his third consecutive absence. LeGarrette Blount would again be in line for the bulk of the carries out of the backfield, while Theo Riddick would see the overwhelming share of snaps on passing downs.
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 an MCL 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 knee. Things are trending toward another week of LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick in the backfield Sunday at Arizona.
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