A recent MRI on Detroit Lions defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson’s right knee has come back with reassuring news, showing no structural damage. According to a source who spoke with ESPN’s Field Yates on Monday, Gardner-Johnson is currently considered day-to-day.
The injury occurred during a light team drill where there appeared to be minimal contact. Gardner-Johnson had to be carted off the practice field after being unable to put pressure on his leg. Teammates expressed their concern and support for him immediately after the incident.
“It’s hard to see your brothers go down. You never want to see it, especially early in camp or really any days, regardless of the position or the player,” shared cornerback Cameron Sutton in an interview with ESPN. “It’s kind of hard to detail. All you can do is send up prayers.”
Quarterback Jared Goff and other teammates rushed to check on Gardner-Johnson, who displayed visible emotions as trainers attended to him on the field. After practice, the team members continued to show their encouragement while waiting for an official update on the injury’s status.
Gardner-Johnson joined the Lions as a significant upgrade to their secondary during the free agency period, agreeing to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million in March. In the previous season with the Philadelphia Eagles, he demonstrated his defensive prowess by finishing tied for the most interceptions in the NFL, despite missing five games due to a lacerated kidney. He achieved a notable milestone as the only Eagles player since the 1970 merger to record interceptions in five consecutive games.
The incident has left teammates and coaching staff worried, as training camp is a critical time for players to prepare for the upcoming season. Gardner-Johnson’s absence would undoubtedly be felt, given his significant role in the team’s defense.
Linebacker James Houston expressed his thoughts on the matter, stating, “You hate when people go down, especially without pads on, it’s camp. We haven’t even played a game. So, first, I’m praying for him, and I think the whole team is praying for him, and we just hope he’s going to be okay.”
While Gardner-Johnson’s condition is being closely monitored, the team understands that they must continue with their preparations for the upcoming season. The players have shown resilience in the face of adversity, with the hope that their teammate will recover soon.
As fans anxiously await further updates, the Detroit Lions stand united, sending their thoughts and prayers to C.J. Gardner-Johnson and hoping for a speedy recovery for their valued defensive back.
Source : ESPN
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