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Kerryon  Johnson

Kerryon Johnson RB - DET

Experience: 2 YRS  
Height: 5'11"  
Weight: 213 
Bye: 5

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Lions RBs Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Bo Scarbrough (ribs) are active for today’s game against the Broncos. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport gave us a convoluted report on this backfield this morning that didn’t help much. Try to avoid the situation — but if you’re forced to invest, Johnson is your best bet.

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Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to play today against the Broncos, which would be his first action since landing on IR after Week 7. So how many carries can we expect? Here's the goofy way NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated it Sunday morning: "Johnson may not come out as the starter today, but he's expected to get his full share of carries along with Bo Scarbrough." When last we saw Johnson, he topped 70% playing time in 3 straight games and was dominating Detroit's backfield work. He has since missed 8 games with a knee injury, and Scarbrough has played well in his absence. Here's what HC Matt Patricia told reporters Friday when asked if Johnson would be limited, according to SI.com: “I would say that, I don’t know if you want to use the word ‘limit’ or just try to be smart, probably a better way to put it. From that standpoint of just being very aware, but certainly when you get in to the game some things change from that aspect of it, and you see how it goes. But again, he hasn’t played football in a while, so that’s definitely a factor.” It sounds like Scarbrough is expected to play through his questionable tag today, and it sounds like Detroit coaches will go in not planning to overwork Johnson. Combine the murky outlook with a negative matchup at Denver, and you get a fantasy backfield best avoided for Week 16.

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The Lions have activated RB Kerryon Johnson from IR. HC Matt Patrcia said earlier in the week that the team would be "smart" with Johnson if he returned from his knee injury. The smart thing to do with your fantasy football lineup seems to be avoiding the Detroit backfield altogether in Sunday's negative matchup with the Broncos.

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The Athletic's Chris Burke reports that Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Broncos. He's been on IR since injuring his knee in Week 7 but is eligible to be activated this week. It's entirely uncertain how big a role Johnson will play, though. And in Denver vs. the league's 10th-ranked RB defense, he'd just a desperation fantasy play.

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Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. He's eligible to come off IR for Week 16 -- although it'd make little sense for the 3-8-1 Lions to bring him back. Johnson is only worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues. If he plays Week 16, it'd be against a solid Broncos run defense.

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Injury Predictor

Johnson hurt his right shoulder late in his final Auburn season but returned for the SEC Championship game the following week. It's worth mentioning here because Johnson had the same shoulder repaired in January 2016. The Lions clearly weren't concerned when they traded up to draft Johnson in Round 2. He also lost a 2016 game to a right ankle sprain in 2016 and 2 more to a right hamstring injury in September 2017. Johnson might have trouble grabbing true primary work right away, but Lions coaches have said they see 3-down potential in him.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
2.50 5.9% 62%
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Date Injury Analysis
Nov 18, 2018 Knee Strain Grade 1 Johnson missed the final 6 games of the season with a sprained left knee.
Nov 25, 2017 Shoulder Johnson injured his right shoulder in Auburn's final regular season game. He was able to play in the SEC Championship the following week.
Sep 2, 2017 Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Johnson missed 2 games in his final season at Auburn with a right hamstring injury.
Oct 8, 2016 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Johnson missed 1 game at Auburn in 2016 with a right ankle injury.
Jan 18, 2016 Shoulder Johnson underwent shoulder surgery following the 2015 season but was ready for the start of the 2016 campaign.

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