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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With RB D'Andre Swift out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey says Adrian Peterson will "lead it off" but that Kerryon Johnson "will fill [Swift's role] as much as possible." That makes Johnson sounds like the better fantasy player here -- at least in PPR formats. Of course, we'll all just be guessing at the workload split heading into the game. Fortunately, Carolina brings the league's 4th-best RB scoring matchup, so it's a spot capable of supporting fantasy value in both Detroit RBs.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is still wearing a brace on his knee and has been getting "maintenance" days off early in training camp. He missed 8 games last season with a right knee injury that required surgery -- although he did return for the final 2 games. He also missed 6 games as a rookie with a left knee injury. Durability remains a concern here. And if Johnson isn't at 100%, it'll only be tougher to hold off rookie RB D'Andre Swift.

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.

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.

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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