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When it rains, it pours for some teams, and that might be the case for the Detroit Lions.
Just when they signed a top-notch DB as their primary free-agency target, he went down with an injury.
C.J. Gardner-Johnson was carted off the practice field with an injury on Monday shortly after getting hurt during a team drill.
It was a contact-induced injury, and he couldn’t put pressure on his right leg and had to be helped back on his feet.
Notably, Lions insider Dave Birkett reports that HC Dan Campbell downplayed the injury, stating that it seems like he’s going to be OK and will likely miss just a couple of days.
Dan Campbell on CJ Gardner-Johnson: “It appears to be that he’s going to be OK. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious. So we’ll see the images look pretty good. He may be out a day or two, but seems to be OK."
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 25, 2023
The MRI on his leg came back clean, and he should be considered day-to-day going forward.
That’s a huge relief, considering that multiple players were reportedly ‘shaken up’ when they saw him go down with that injury, with multiple teammates reaching out to him to try and comfort him.
The early returns made it seem like the former Philadelphia Eagles star could miss the whole season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case right now.
Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year deal that could be worth up to $8 million, hoping to revamp one of the most inexperienced defensive units in the league.
He’s coming off leading the NFL in interceptions (six) despite missing several games with a lacerated kidney, logging at least one interception in five straight games, and the Lions will desperately need him back on the field for the start of the season.
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