The Detroit Lions made a splash within the offseason when the group signed security C.J. Gardner-Johnson to a one-year deal after the defensive again made it to the Tremendous Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gardner-Johnson was anticipated to be a key half in serving to the group’s protection come out from being among the many league’s worst over the past 4 years. In 2022, the Lions have been twenty eighth in factors allowed and thirty second in yards allowed.
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All optimism got here to a screeching halt on Monday.
Gardner-Johnson was carted off the sphere at apply with an obvious noncontact harm to his proper leg, in accordance with a number of stories. He suffered the harm throughout a group drill and couldn’t put any stress on his leg as he was helped off the sphere, ESPN reported.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff was amongst those that checked on Gardner-Johnson in the midst of apply.
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Gardner-Johnson spent just one season with the Eagles. He had a career-high six interceptions, which was tied for the league lead in 2022. He additionally put collectively 67 tackles and a sack as Philadelphia made it to Tremendous Bowl LVII and misplaced by three factors to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
He spent his first 4 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In 43 video games with the Saints, he had 5 interceptions with 161 complete tackles and a fumble restoration.
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Gardner-Johnson was slotted within the nickelback place. Rookie Brian Department, Chase Lucas and Khalil Dorsey might all vie for the place ought to Gardner-Johnson be misplaced for a major time frame.