Kerryon Johnson says he could have returned if needed

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Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson may not be getting as much work as he should, but he’s relieved he shouldn’t miss any more time.

Johnson left yesterday’s win over the Packers in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury, and didn’t return.

That was partially because they had a big lead and didn’t need him, though he said he could have come back.

Yeah, I think I could have,” he said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “If I can walk, I can run. That’s just the mindset I’ve always I’ve always tried to play with. If I needed to, I think I could have.”

On the drive on which Johnson was injured, the Lions went up 31-13, so they were able to let LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick finish up for him.

“Yeah, I had to put my trust even more in my teammates,” he said. “It’s hard for me to do, me being a competitor, but they got it done. I’m happy.”

Johnson had 12 carries for 70 yards, continuing to show why he should be the Lions lead back and getting more work (and not just because he has their first 100-yard game in five years).

11 responses to “Kerryon Johnson says he could have returned if needed

  1. I was a little worried we he went on the sidelines, but glad to see it was hopefully just a stinger. That young man is firing up our offense even more and bringing a much needed balance we haven’t seen here for some time!

  2. The Lions manhandled the Packers. It’s natural to let up a little when you’re up 31-13. Crosby could have made all those field goals and I think the Lions still would have won. Still fun to watch him miss them, though.

  3. Don’t worry “Rob Brzezinski is a Magician”, The Lions will manhandle your Vikings as well. Circle 11/4 on your calendar as the date we continue our undefeated streak at your new stadium by mercifully ending your season.

  4. Didn’t the Lions sweep the Vikings, got swept by the Packers and barely beat the Bears in 2017? And they got stomped and embarrassed by the Seahawks in for their third consecutive loss in the post season since Stafford’s arrival.

    Oh yea that’s right, but they beat the Packers in week 5 of the 2018 season, which is the Lion’s Superbowl.

  5. Yes Brett, you are 100% correct. The Lions are a fake and false football team. The Packers are a terrific football team with a tremendous fan base. The Lions are a horrifically BAD football team the occasionally get a win. Congratulations on your confirmation by the way, you’re a true winner like the tremendous Packers who overall have destroyed the Lions historically, but then again what NFL team hasn’t.

    Stand and MAGA!

  6. Yes Brett, you are 100% correct. The Lions are a fake and false football team. The Packers are a terrific football team with a tremendous fan base. The Lions are a horrifically BAD football team, although they do occasionally get a win. Congratulations on your confirmation by the way, you’re a true winner like the tremendous Packers who overall have destroyed the Lions historically, but then again what NFL team hasn’t.

    Stand and MAGA!

  7. Brett Kavanaugh says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Didn’t the Lions sweep the Vikings, got swept by the Packers and barely beat the Bears in 2017? And they got stomped and embarrassed by the Seahawks in for their third consecutive loss in the post season since Stafford’s arrival.

    Oh yea that’s right, but they beat the Packers in week 5 of the 2018 season, which is the Lion’s Superbowl.
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    I think you’re thinking of 2016, since none of those things happened in 2017. The Lions swept the Packers in 2017 by a combined score of 65-28, but go ahead and believe that yesterday’s win was some kind of a fluke. The Packers haven’t beaten the Lions or the Vikings since 2016. Let that sink in.

  8. Brett Kavanaugh says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    Didn’t the Lions sweep the Vikings, got swept by the Packers and barely beat the Bears in 2017? And they got stomped and embarrassed by the Seahawks in for their third consecutive loss in the post season since Stafford’s arrival.
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    Lions didn’t make the playoffs last season. They embarrassed the Packers twice and split with the Vikings. Some other facts from last season: Vikings won the division, got lucky against the Saints, and were embarrassed by the Eagles.

  9. I understand the committee approach to the running game, but at some point you should give K Johnson 15-20 touches a game. He’s averaging 6 yards per carry.

  10. I don’t know what’s going on with all this confusion about what year and who did what. There are only two teams in the division that have Superbowl victories: The Packers and Bears.

    The Vikings and Lions fans can bicker and banter all they want, but the fact remains no of this matters unless you’re playing football in January and February.

    The Vikings will be sweeping the tr@sh squad Lions this year, that much I know. I am also concerned with the Bears this year, do not sleep on Nagy and that ridiculous defense.

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