Lions news: Kerryon Johnson wants to play even though Detroit out of contention
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Kerryon Johnson wants to play even though Lions out of contention

Kerryon Johnson

The Detroit Lions haven’t had Kerryon Johnson available in the offense since Week 7 due to a knee ailment. Despite Detroit being out of playoff contention, Johnson wants to play to end the season.

“As stupid as some people may see it, I like to play, man,” Johnson said Friday. “I did all this work in the offseason, did all this work in the summer, and I didn’t do it to play five games. Obviously, my goal every year is to play a full season. Two seasons down, I’m 0 for 2. But getting to seven or six (games), whatever it might be, is better than where I’m at now.”

Last year, Johnson suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the final six games of his rookie season. Unfortunately, the second-round pick out of Auburn has been hindered by another knee injury in his sophomore season in the NFL.

Before sustaining the injury, Johnson had provided the Lions’ offense with 308 rushing yards and two touchdowns in six starts. He also tallied nine receptions for 126 yards and another score as a receiver.

The second-year running back was able to return to practice with the Lions last week. As long as he continues to progress in his recovery, Johnson is slated to return to the offense in Week 16.

Due to injuries and other issues, the Lions currently boast an underwhelming 3-9-1 record. With Detroit having nine losses already, they are already eliminated from making the playoffs in 2019.

It is the second straight season that the Lions are going to finish with a record under .500 with Matt Patricia at the helm. Even with the season not going according to plan, Johnson is adamant about finishing the season with his teammates.