Back in Week 7, Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury which forced him to go on Injured Reserve. Because of league rules, the earliest Johnson was able to return to action was yesterday (Week 16) against the Denver Broncos and that is exactly what he did.
With the Lions eliminated from playoff contention, head coach Matt Patricia reportedly let Johnson make the final decision on whether or not he would suit up again this season.
“Coach Patricia said, ‘Look, obviously, you don’t have to do this,' ” Johnson said. “I said, ‘No.' I told him I want to play. I felt like it just was the right thing to do. Something I wanted to do for myself and for the team.”
Johnson, who wore a knee brace for precautionary reasons, said it was great to return to the field.
“It felt awesome, honestly,” he said. “That’s probably the most fun I’ve had in a year. I mean, it was great just to be able to get back there, get to be able to contribute a little bit, get to be able to play and just do what I’m here to do, so it was fun.”
Kerryon finished the day with 10 carries for 42 yards.
— Quotes courtesy of Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press — LINK